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There's a new sheriff in town
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Jackie Matheny Jr. won a close one Thursday night.

Like father, like son.

Jackie Matheny Jr. won the office of Warren County Sheriff on Thursday night, unseating Tommy Myers after one term as Sheriff in a race that packed genuine Election Night excitement.

Matheny won by a margin of 87 votes.

Matheny finished with 4,432 votes for 50.4%, while Myers was right behind with 4,345 votes for 49.4%.

“Holy cow it was close,” said Matheny after the final results were released. “My opponent is a good man and I think we both ran good campaigns and this came down to the wire. I’m excited that it went my way.”

Matheny ran on a platform that stressed getting tough on crime. 

He said he doesn’t find it acceptable that inmates who were getting lengthy sentences were being released after serving just a fraction of that time in jail.

He also said getting ahead of crime is important and trying to get kids on track early in life.

“We need to get back in the schools with the DARE program and that’s something we plan to do and something I plan to do myself,” said Matheny. “We’re also going to look at a few cases that have been close and see what we can do with them.”

Matheny’s law enforcement career includes working at the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, in law enforcement in Coffee County, and as investigator with our District Attorney’s Office.

In attaining the office, Matheny Jr. follows in the footsteps of his father, Jackie Matheny, a popular Sheriff who served for 24 years from 1994 to 2018.

Myers was looking to be elected to his second term as Sheriff and touted upgrades to Warren County Jail and improved programs to help inmates while they are behind bars as reasons why he should stay in office.