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Corrections Chief Patti Jackson Announces Bid for Pierce County Sheriff

TACOMA – Patti Jackson, the current Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Bureau Chief, announced her candidacy for Pierce County Sheriff today.

Having dedicated 35 years to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, primarily within the Corrections Bureau, Jackson brings a wealth of experience to the table. She has witnessed firsthand the significant public safety challenges facing Pierce County, including widespread substance abuse and the ongoing mental health crisis. Jackson is running to implement long-term, sustainable solutions that target the root causes of these issues. Under her leadership, Jackson also aims to bolster transparency and accountability within the office, fostering a stronger bond with county residents.

Reflecting on her tenure, Jackson stated, “It’s been my honor to serve the residents of our county in the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for the past 35 years. I’m excited to take this next step and lead our agency into the future.”

Jackson’s experience at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department makes her a formidable candidate. She has earned prestigious awards such as Officer of the Year, Medal of Merit, and the Sheriff Pastor’s Core Value Award. Actively involved in mental health committees and the City-County Opioid Task Force, Jackson pioneered the state’s first Jail Narcotic K9 Program in 2016, showcasing her innovative approach to enhancing corrections system safety. In her capacity as Corrections Bureau Chief, Jackson has forged partnerships with local agencies, service clubs, and community organizations to tackle pressing issues like homelessness, substance addiction, and mental health. Notably, she collaborated with local nonprofits to establish a rehabilitation program within the jail, targeting the root causes of addiction.

Former Sheriff Paul Pastor strongly supports Jackson’s campaign, saying, “I have known Chief Patti Jackson for over 20 years, and she was a key member of my command staff.  She is a strong, smart, forward-looking leader who is focused on doing the right thing for the community and for her deputies. Patti has run the jail capably and compassionately while building a foundation of trust and respect with both her colleagues and individuals under her supervision. I wholeheartedly support and strongly endorse Patti Jackson for Sheriff.”

Expressing pride in the efforts of the entire Pierce County Sheriff’s Department personnel, Jackson pledged, “I’m so proud of the work that our deputies and support staff do every day to keep our community safe. As Sheriff, I will ensure that they have the equipment, training, and support that they need to meet the community’s expectations in this challenging environment for law enforcement.”

Jackson is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and Bluefield University. As part of her commitment to elevating her leadership skills in law enforcement, she is currently enrolled in the Northwestern School of Police Staff & Command leadership and management program.