Meet Jackson County sheriff candidate: Tim Ham

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

Who is Tim Ham?

Ham grew up in Malone and graduated Malone High School. He earned his Associate’s degree from Chipola College. He received is Bachelor’s from Troy State University with minors in psychology and sociology.

He went to the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Havana, Fla.

He’s been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 20 years. They have a daughter who attends Marianna High School and a son who will be attending the new Marianna K-8 school.

Growing up he worked with his father on the family farm and for ham Peanut Company. Ham said a hard days work was instilled in him fro man early age.

Ham law enforcement career began when he was employed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee where he worked the midnight shift. He also worked for the Department of Justice for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Then he worked with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy, investigator and on the drug task force. He said he was promoted to a patrol Sergeant and was a shift supervisor.

Currently, he works on the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners as a probation office supervisor.

Why are you running?

Ham said he want’s to make the community safe for our generation and the next generation to enjoy.

What are you top priorities?

  1. Regain the trust of the citizens in the communities. Ham said it’s important to get to know the people in the community and let them know that the police are there to help.
  2. Combat the drugs in our communities.
  3. Employ and retain well-trained staff. “I think everybody needs to advance their training,” Ham said. “If it’s feasible in the budget to where we can send them, I’d like to send as many as we can.” He also said the field training program is important for newer officers who have questions.

How will you address drugs?

Ham said he would like to work with the other agencies to build a intercounty task force.

“Maybe each agency within our county can dedicate at least one officer to work within the task force,” Ham said.

He said the agencies in neighboring counties and states also need to work together.

He said he also sees the need for treatment for users.

“Jail is not necessarily where they need to be,” Ham said. “So we have an opportunity to help them get into treatment so that they can overcome the addiction of the drugs and alcohol and maybe we can help break the cycle that would keep them in the system had they not been afforded the benefits of going to treatment.”

Is there anything you would like to see change within the department?

Ham said he would like to strengthen the numbers on patrol. He said he might move some administrative positions to where those people might be better suited.

Ham said the policy and procedure needs to be looked at in regards to what is expected of the officers and making sure they know those expectations.

How would you make sure all staff remains accountable to the community?

Ham said the positions he would like to move around include some administrative positions to supervisor positions so that they can do a more thorough job.

Closing remarks:

“I make no promises other than that I will work diligently to protect you as if you were my own family.”

Meet the other candidates running for office this year.

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