BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Longtime Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale hopes to keep his job, but faces a detective from his own department, Mark Pettway, who wants to replace him.
Hale, a Republican, was first elected as Sheriff in 1998 and has worked in law enforcement for 42 years. His website lists school safety, diversity and the metro area crime center as his priorities.
Both Hale and Pettway are lifelong residents of Jefferson County.
Pettway, a Democrat, has worked in law enforcement for 25 years, most recently as a detective sergeant with Jefferson County. Previously, he has held law enforcement jobs with Birmingham and Fairfield Police Departments.
Pettway has said he’ll make body cameras and school safety his top priorities. His “Pettway Plan” also includes community policing, criminal justice reform and law enforcement training.