Tag: Mark Pettway
Incumbent Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway is facing Republican challenger Jared Hudson on Tuesday’s general election ballot.
Pettway says he is the best candidate for Jefferson County sheriff because he has experience doing the job and cites falling crime statistics. Hudson says he’s the better option because he would bring his experience as a Navy SEAL to the table, and he cites rising crime statistics.
The race has become the hottest ticket on the ballot in Jefferson County. Read more.
Sworn personnel of the sheriff’s department received a 5 percent cost-of-living raise when the Jefferson County Commission met in Bessemer Thursday.
The raise in the sheriff’s department is on top of the raise given to Jefferson County employees at the beginning of this fiscal year.
Sheriff Mark Pettway said the extra pay is needed to keep his department competitive with nearby law enforcement departments.
“We are losing officers, deputies, daily to surrounding agencies,” he said. “We want to maintain those that we have and bring on good people to work inside the sheriff’s department. Everybody works for money, so we want to make sure that we’re competitive.” Read more.
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, WBHM
Like a lot of kids, Mark Pettway wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up. But as he got older, things changed. Pettway begins his job as Jefferson County sheriff today. He’s the first African American to hold that post after defeating longtime Republican Sheriff Mike Hale in November. Read more.