John McKay, the District 5 Supervisor, says, "We're going to lift that cloud that’s set in over the Sheriff's Department and over this county and I think we are going in the right direction with everybody in that department." For many, the New Year means a fresh start, and that's no different for the Jackson County Board of Supervisors who swore in Charles Britt today as Interim Sheriff. Charles Britt, the Interim Sheriff, says, "I feel extremely honored and privileged to be taking over this position." Britt says he will be tackling several issues as Jackson County's new chief law enforcer, including rebuilding the trust of Jackson County residents after former Sheriff, Mike Byrd, resigned and plead guilty to criminal charges. Britt also says, "Everybody says there’s a black cloud over the Sheriff’s Department. I mean, there were a few issues that caused some individuals problems. I don’t think it was the overall Sheriff's Department. It wasn’t each and every guy, it was a few." The decision to elect Britt was not an easy one as over 25 candidates stepped forward to fill the position.
The Board of Supervisors says they are confident that they selected the right man to restore the integrity of the Sheriff’s Department. Troy Ross, the District 1 Supervisor, says, "Anytime you have to step in and make a selection that's typically elected, that’s hard, but we have chosen a good man who has integrity. I believe he's going to take the department in the right direction and we can restore faith in that department over the next year." Ross is the newly elected President of the Board. He says that public opinion on the selection has been mixed, but he believes they have found the right man for the job. Ross also states, "There have been opinions, pros and cons, and everything in between, so we had to sit down and make a choice that we thought was a good choice and go with it, and now through prayer and hard work, I think we have a good choice with him." Charles Britt will serve as Sheriff until an official election is held in November.