After unanimous decision, Jackson County selects Nathan Sickler as new sheriff
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - The Commissioners' decision for the new sheriff was unanimous.
In part, because of the community support for former Captain Nathan Sickler.
"We got input from everybody. Pros and cons about everybody. I never got a bad report from any source about Captain Sickler," Commissioner Colleen Roberts said.
The now Sheriff Sickler was sworn in shortly after the decision - promising to serve the citizens of Jackson County for the remaining two years of the term.
"I was overwhelmed by the support because I had no idea how much support I actually had, until I started this process," Sheriff Nathan Sickler said.
Sheriff Sickler says his ties to the community is what earned him their backing.
"A lot of folks know me, how I work and the things I stand for. I think that they want that kind of transparency and that kind of character as the sheriff of Jackson County, Sickler said.
And as a former law enforcement officer himself, Commissioner Bob Strosser recognized the importance of a sheriff's relationship with the community.
"I think it's always implicit of trust that people know, can communicate, and feel confident in who their sheriff is," Strosser said.
One of his first orders of business will be to better patrol the rural areas of the county.
"We're certainly going to address that immediately. We're going to see what we can do to be more efficient with our patrols. Meet with those citizens in those rural areas and find out how we can better serve them," Sickler said.