Escambia Fla. Sheriff’s Investigator Heath Jackson Running For Escambia Ala. Sheriff

March 31, 2010

Heath Jackson, an Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division investigator, has announced that he is running as a Republican for sheriff of Escambia County, Ala.

Jackson’s campaign released the following statement:

heathjackson10.jpg“Jackson was born and raised most of his life in Brewton, Alabama. Heath is the son of Thomas Wayne and Terry Sherrer Jackson. After graduating from T.R. Miller High School in 1999, he began his pursuit of a lifelong dream in law enforcement. He attended the city of Montgomery’s Advanced Criminal Justice Academy and became a sworn peace officer in the state of Alabama in January 2000.

“He has completed numerous hours of training with U. S. Customs Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, U. S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of the Treasury Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and multijurisdictional training. Additionally, specialized training was completed at Faulkner St. College, Bay Minette, Alabama and Chipola College, Marianna, Florida. The scope of training includes Federal Bureau of Investigation certification as a firearms instructor as well as an M26 advanced Taser and Taser X26 instructor.

“Jackson began his tenure with the city of Brewton’s Police Department as a patrol officer, quickly realizing the need for the active and aggressive stand needed with the rising number of drug-related crimes in the county. He then began increasing the scope of his involvement by joining the 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force as a narcotics agent, investigating all types of crimes from drug investigations, burglary and homicide, and successfully testifying countless times in state and federal courts. During his time on the Task Force, Jackson was also recruited by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He served as a Task Force Agent for more than four years, assisting federal law enforcement in the successful arrests and prosecutions of individuals who violated gun and explosive laws.

“After six years with the 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force and a desire to broaden the scope of his experiences, Jackson became an investigator for the Escambia County Sherriff’s Department, Pensacola, Florida. Assigned to the Narcotics Division, he has spearheaded numerous investigations in organized crime, drug trafficking, and prostitution. It should be noted he is one of the few investigators in Alabama who has successfully completed the rigorous and stringent requirements for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Basic Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Law Enforcement School. Heath has an unmatched working knowledge of every community in Escambia County, Alabama and Escambia County, Florida. He understands today’s issues and has the vision to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

“Heath has proven he has a calm demeanor in any situation based upon the myriad of experiences requiring strategic and tactical planning. He recognizes the damage and public risk caused by illegal drugs in our county and for the last nine years has aggressively worked as an officer with narcotics interdiction and investigations as his primary focus. He strongly emphasizes that the children of today need to be told early the importance of becoming law abiding citizens and most of all, the importance of an education. Recognizing that more than 90% of all crimes committed in Escambia County Alabama have a root cause related to illegal drugs and alcohol, the only way to combat a problem of this magnitude is to address it head-on.

“Jackson knows the importance of conviction, dedication, professionalism, and the strength of genuine effort. With an honest, forthright and no-nonsense approach to public service, he is committed to building on the successes of those who have served before him and continue to focus on ways to improve. As an investment in the future of the Escambia County, he will be a driving force in ensuring safety and trusts are restored within the county. He has been blessed with numerous accomplishments and received accolades for his involvement with the youth of the county for supporting the Youth Police Academy at Jefferson Davis Community College and Brewton Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy.

“Jackson is an active member of the Alabama Narcotics Officers Association, the Alabama Sheriffs’ Association, and the National Rifle Association.

“Heath can be reached anytime day or night on his cell phone at 205-901-1391 or home phone at 251-867-6458. You can also reach Heath by e-mail at”


22 Responses to “Escambia Fla. Sheriff’s Investigator Heath Jackson Running For Escambia Ala. Sheriff”

  1. citizen on September 10th, 2014 5:28 pm

    Heath has my vote. I think a lot of change is called for in the current Sheriff’s office. There must be a reason why there is such a big turn around in that office. Jail time is a wonderful time for someone who has taken a wrong turn in life to have time to make a change in direction. Jail time will not do it, but if they are offered alternatives to the choices they have made in the past, then change may happen. As it is now, there is next to NO Bible Study there so therefore no positive direction for change. We need a county jail that will allow ministry to the inmates so they can leave the facility, a better person, parent, child and citizen of Escambia County Al!

  2. Vicki on April 24th, 2010 7:03 pm

    We just met Heath and are very impressed with his experience and ideas. The Atmore area has be ignored for far too long, and Heath will change that. Its time for a positive change for our area, and to take out the trash. Heath is also very pro-gun, which is refreshing change from Grovers elitist attitudes on gun ownership. He also has the respect of many people in law enforcement that he has worked with, which is a great sign of things to come. Grover isn’t a bad guy, but we just can’t vote for another Democrat. Never again, its all Republican from now on.

  3. Fed agent on April 5th, 2010 11:01 pm

    I am a federal agent assigned to Pensacola, FL. I have known Heath Jackson for several years, having worked with him when he was assigned to the Drug Task Force in Alabama and I have worked with Heath extensively since he came to work in Escambia County, FL. Anytime I needed information or assistance while Heath was with the Drug Task Force, he was the person I reached out for. Heath’s knowledge of the people and the criminal element in Escambia County, AL was incredible and I, my agency and the local agencies in Florida relied heavily on Heath’s cooperation when working multi-jurisdictional investigations involving defendants who crossed county and state lines while engaging in their illegal activities. In the past three years that Heath has worked as a narcotics investigator in Escambia County, FL, I have worked many cases with Heath and continue to be impressed with his enthusiasm, professionalism and his total devotion to getting the job done and getting it done right. Many of those cases resulted in significant seizures of money, drugs, weapons and the arrests of not only local drug dealers, but also the arrest and successful prosecution of those dealers’ sources of supply in other states such as Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia. Being a sheriff is not a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job, and Heath Jackson has the knowledge, the determination and the drive to get the job done. Escambia County, AL needs a sheriff who will be there to serve its citizens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and who will be a positive example for his deputies. Heath Jackson is that man and he has my full support.

  4. Robin on April 2nd, 2010 1:48 pm

    Having worked with Heath I can say with confidence that he will excell in this position. He has my vote! Heath will be a huge asset to the county.

  5. guest on April 1st, 2010 10:24 am

    For Heath to tackle the drug problem the county commissioners need to give the present deputies a raise, and come off of some more money to get a few more deputies out there on the streets. The present Sheriff has not addressed the large turnover rate. The starting pay is ridiculous and no potential officer is going to come into this agency and work for that kind of pay and be the only deputy working in the county. Presently only 2 deputies work in the county at a time. Apparently this is ok with the present Sheriff, and the citizens of Escambia County Alabama. It is just luck that no one has got hurt. Maybe Heath Jackson can get things turned around up here.

  6. Escambia County AL Sheriif on April 1st, 2010 8:49 am

    To Interested Voter: You can count on Jackson having penty of admin exprience – it takes a whole lot of documentation and a strong paper trail to make sure these crooks don’t have their ‘rights’ violated before they get convicted. Poor slime bags.

    We all are faced with working with budgets that suck. But we do the job despite no matter how much tax cuts the politicians wanna take from us. Maybe if you’re an admin wizard you can step up and make a difference just like Heath Jackson will do.

    He isn’t just a mouth piece – he is the real deal and will get my vote any day over the windbags that are sitting back pointing fingers at everyone but themselves.

  7. Interested Voter on March 31st, 2010 9:33 pm

    Heath Jackson seems to have had a lot of experience and schooling for his age. I would be interested in knowing how long with each job and what kind of administrative experience he possesses.

  8. Know your neighbor on March 31st, 2010 7:50 pm

    I would hope that Heath will if fact change Escambia County Alabama and rid it of its drug problems. Education and enforcement would be a great start along with community help. I would cast my vote for Heath Jackson and offer my support in anyway possible. Good luck Heath.

  9. Billy on March 31st, 2010 3:06 pm

    Heath is exactly what Escambia, AL needs in the county. He has a passion for doing the right thing and bettering a community. He would probably take a pay cut becoming the Sheriff of Escambia County, AL and this just shows his passion for taking back and restoring order in his home county.
    No incident or offense is too small or insignificant for Heath to listen and take action. I asked Heath how I could help him in the race and he said that he DID NOT WANT ANY money and just wanted me to get the word out and tell people how I felt and ask them for their support. You can bet that I am going to do that.


  10. Jeff / Escambia County on March 31st, 2010 1:36 pm

    nice suit too!

  11. Jeff / Escambia County on March 31st, 2010 1:26 pm

    He would be a dedicated Sheriff and an asset to this County. He would get my vote. You the man Action J.

  12. Billy on March 31st, 2010 10:32 am

    Heath is exactly what Escambia, AL needs in the county. He has a passion for doing the right thing and bettering a community. He would probably take a pay cut becoming the Sheriff of Escambia County, AL and this just shows his passion for taking back and restoring order in his home county.
    No incident or offense is too small or insignificant for Heath to listen and take action. I asked Heath how I could help him in the race and he said that he DID NOT WANT ANY money and just wanted me to get the word out and tell people how I felt and ask them for their support. You can bet that I am going to do that.


  13. Time for change on March 31st, 2010 9:37 am

    I work for one of the Police Dept’s in Escambia county AL and I along with alot of other officers would love to see Grover Smith out and Heath Jackson in! It’s time we the people did our part and vote for someone like Heath. I say it’s time to take out the trash!

  14. In the know on March 31st, 2010 9:15 am

    As someone that knows, Jackson’s record proves he would make a great sheriff. He takes his job very seriously and is very good at it.

  15. Big Don on March 31st, 2010 8:56 am

    I have known Heath for quite a while. We now have some one that has a clue.
    Heath, I hope you take the job and show’em how it’s done right!

  16. BrewtonBrat on March 31st, 2010 8:32 am

    FINALLY getting someone who KNOWS the law and HOW to GET A JOB DONE! Out with the old and in with the NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!! You Rock, man

  17. Florida MIL on March 31st, 2010 8:04 am

    This is EXACTLY the man we need to do the job – one with ethics, strong moral fiber, commitment and EXPERIENCE. Also someone whose experience is valid and not based on what he did 40 years ago.

    Heath’s pockets are not lined with someone else’s greed nor does he have a hidden agenda as many of the current candidates clearly do. The breadth of his experience as well as his intimate knowledge of what the Escambia County (AL) citizen’s expect is a big plus since we are talking about a man who grew up around all the issues at hand and was committed to doing something about it.

    The time for change is NOW. You go, Heath. We are behing you 100%

  18. b town on March 31st, 2010 7:38 am


  19. Flomaton Mom on March 31st, 2010 7:32 am

    Heath, you’ve got my vote! You’ve done very well since you left Peach and went into law inforcement. I’m proud of you and I know there are only good things to come. Like I said….YOU’VE GOT MY VOTE!!!!

  20. Flomaton Man on March 31st, 2010 7:05 am

    Wow. A man running for sheriff as a republicn that has law enforcement experience. And a dang lot of it.

    Good to see a young man running that has real law enforcement experience. If you work narcs in Escambia Florida, you BAD.

    Bad boy, bad boys, what you gonna do when Heath Jackson comes for you?

  21. Oversight on March 31st, 2010 7:02 am

    Heath Jackson sounds like someone that’s up to the task with his real world experience. If he gets elected, it’ll be interesting to how Heath’s former supervisors work out when he becomes the boss.

  22. Mark on March 31st, 2010 6:59 am

    Heath would be an excellant Sheriff, glad to see the younger generation step up gives the county a future.

Have a comment on this story?

We welcome your comments on this story, but there are some rules to follow::

(1) Be Nice. No comments that slander another, no racism, no sexism, no personal attacks.

(2) No Harrassing Comments. If someone says something bad about you, don't respond. That's childish.

(3) No Libel. That's saying something is not true about someone. Don't do it.

(4) Keep it clean. Nothing vulgar, obscene or sexually related. No profanity or obvious substitutions. Period.

(5) reserves the right to remove any comments that violate our rules or we think to be inappropriate. We are not responsible for what is posted. Comments may not appear right away until they are approved by a moderator.

(6) Limit your comments to the subject in this story only, and limit comments to 300 words or less. Do not post copyrighted material. Comments will not be added to stories that are over 30 days old.

(7) No posts may advertise a commercial business or political group, or link to another commercial web site or political site of any kind.