Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny has been honored with the Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds for his countless achievements and contributions to the community.
After serving his country in the Air Force, winning the Toughman Contest and Boxing Southeastern Regional Golden Glove Championship, Matheny returned to McMinnville to begin his career in law enforcement in 1986.
While working for McMinnville Police Department, he was wounded in the line of duty. Even so, he persisted in his career and volunteer work refusing to let his injury keep him from helping others.
Matheny says he found his calling working with the youth of Warren County and has done so in multiple facets, including coaching and teaching. He has coached baseball, basketball and football from little league to middle school age and became the first middle school football coach.
In 1990, he began teaching the DARE program, which he did for 28 years. He’s taught thousands of children to respect others and lead lives free from violence and substance abuse.
Since 1993, Matheny has been preaching and in the early 2000s he also became a licensed minister. He continues to guest preach at many events.
As many people know, Matheny will be retiring after serving the community for 24 years as sheriff, making him the longest serving sheriff in Warren County. During his tenure, his department has more felony drug arrests, has housed more prisoners and served more warrants than any other sheriff in Warren County history.
“He has touched so many lives and is well-deserving of this award,” said Evening Exchange Club president Neva England.
Also during the banquest, England was recognized as the Exchangite of the Year by fellow members of Evening Exchange for her hard work and heavy involvement in club programs.
“Neva has been there for every event and promoted it to its fullest,” said Exchangite Jennifer Roberts. “She has kept us up-to-date on activities and has encouraged us to do whatever we can to help.”
These awards were presented by the McMinnville Evening Exchange Club on Tuesday night.