Central Oregon Daily▶️ Pollock wins Jefferson County Sheriff race over incumbent Heckathorn

▶️ Pollock wins Jefferson County Sheriff race over incumbent Heckathorn

▶️ Pollock wins Jefferson County Sheriff race over incumbent Heckathorn

▶️ Pollock leads Heckathorn for Jefferson County Sheriff

In what may have been the most dramatic race in Central Oregon on election night Tuesday, Jason Pollock will be the next Jefferson County Sheriff after defeating incumbent Marc Heckathorn. Heckathorn on Wednesday pledged a smooth transition.

Pollock had a 52.39% – 43.38% lead as of 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.

“Of course we are disappointed by the election results from last night but my commitment to Jefferson County is unwavering,” Heckathorn said Wednesday. “I pledge to do my part to accomplish a smooth transition of administrations. The citizens of Jefferson County deserve no less.”

The campaign has seen some surprising twists and turns. Heckathorn took over for previous sheriff Jim Adkins when he retired last July.

Two weeks ago, Adkins and Jefferson County District Attorney Steven Leriche endorsed Pollock. One of the main reasons they listed was Heckathorn pulling away from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and failing to take responsibility for the department’s failures.

Heckathorn said he felt blindsided by the endorsements.

Heckathorn has 27 years of law enforcement experience to Pollock’s 18 years.

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