Meet Jackson County sheriff candidate: Hayes Baggett

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Hayes Baggett (D) is running for Jackson County Sheriff against Kevin Arnold (D), Donnie Edenfield (R)Scott Edwards (R), Tim Ham (D) and Jeff Snell (R).

Whos is Hayes Baggett?

Baggett was born and raised in Jackson County. He graduated from Marianna High School in 1981. He attended Florida State University.

He has been chief of the Marianna Police Department since 2008.

Baggett said he’s been a law enforcement officer for 37 years, gaining experience in everything from an entry-level dispatcher to the head of a law enforcement agency.

Why are you running?

“I feel I owe the citizens the experience that I’ve gained to serve as their Sheriff,” Baggett said.

He said as Marianna PD’s police chief, he’s handled everything from the budget to the hiring process.

Would you like to see any changes withing the JCSO?

Baggett said he would like to reallocate some of the resources to the road to help reduce response time.

How will you make sure you hire the best people for the job and that they will remain accountable to the community?

Baggett said at the Marianna PD, the command staff goes over every report from the night before to see if there’s anything that needs following up on and keeping whoever was involved in the case in the loop.

How will you address drugs?

Baggett said he would create a multi-level task force to work every aspect of the drug problem: street, mid and upper levels.

He said he would also like to work with other agencies.

What are you top priorities?

  1. Protection to all the citizens and upholding all constitutional rights.
  2. Be out and involved in the community.
  3. Accountability. Baggett said it’s important to establish clear policy and follow it.
  4. Transparency. Baggett said he wants to have open and efficient communication with the public and press and supports body cams.
  5. Making sure the budget is used responsibly.

Is officer training something you think needs to be addressed?

Baggett said he would like to look at including diversity and deescalation training and that he is currently working on it as the Marianna PD cheif.

“Everything can always be better,” Baggett said.

Meet the other candidates running for office this year.

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