BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — With an estimate 128,569 votes out of a total 250,038, Democrat Mark Pettway was elected Jefferson County’s Sheriff, leading over republican incumbent Mike Hale by 2%. Hale, who conceded yesterday, left the position he held in the county for 20 years.
Pettway, in a statement released, will be the first ever African-American sheriff in Jefferson County. Pettway plans to use his experience and relationships with law enforcement to “set a new tone and pace” for the Jefferson County Sheriff Department.
Pettway says, “This position is such an important reflection of the citizens within Jefferson County and the numbers from this election show how eager our citizens are awaiting change within the county. I will be sheriff for the people. A sheriff that truly connects with people on a personal level and looks at ways that he can provide better relationships with each community within the county.”
Pettway has asked Mike Hale to be a part of the transition team.