Sheriff promotes four in Jefferson County

Sheriff promotes four in Jefferson County

Sheriff Mitch Woods and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office proudly promoted four outstanding deputies at a ceremony on Feb. 5 subsequent to the retirement of one of their own, Major Brad Lowe.

Sheriff Mitch Woods stepped up to the podium and greeted the crowd of family, friends and fellow law enforcers, then requested that Pastor Randy G. Vaughn of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church stand to bless the ceremony.

"These are the things I do that I enjoy most," Woods said of the promotions.

The sheriff pointed out that Major Lowe's retirement from the Warrant Division of JCSO made the four promotions a happy necessity. He said he is appreciative of Lowe and to have such dedicated deputies still on his team, thanking the promotion recipients for their service as each approached to receive their new insignia and badges appropriate to their new ranks.

Major Mike Pieper was promoted from the Training Department to take over his new role in the Warrant Division. He invited his daughter Brooke Pieper to join him up front to pin his insignia onto his uniform.

"It's a really good feeling," Brooke said of witnessing her dad's success at JCSO. "I'm really proud of him. He's come a long way."

Pieper thanked Sheriff Woods and told him to hold onto the Captain's bars he was exchanging for the oak leaf insignia because he would be "honored" to have the next promotion recipient, Craig Turner wear them.

Captain Craig Turner was promoted from the Correctional Division and is moving into the Law Enforcement Division at JCSO. Turner said he is looking forward to his new post but would miss his "family" of coworkers from Corrections.

"I worked with some really good people," said Capt. Turner.

Turner's twin, JCSO Corrections Division Sgt. Greg Turner, proudly pinned the new insignia to his brother's uniform.

The next recipient, Lieutenant Kenneth Harrell, was promoted within the Corrections Division. Harrell was joined on stage by his son Rusty McMahon, who wore a broad smile as he pinned on his father's new insignia.

Sergeant Rose Nabors was also promoted within the Corrections Division.

"Rose and I go way back," Sheriff Woods said of Sgt. Nabors. "I've been rooting for her for a long time."

Rose invited her daughter, Crystal McDaniel, to join her on the stage and pin on her new insignia. Crystal said she was "very proud" of her mother's achievement.