News Staff Report
Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson was recently sworn as a member of the Alabama Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors.
Jackson will fill the post of “Sheriff Big John Williams Sergeant-at-Arms,” a position named for slain Lowndes County Sheriff ‘Big John’ Williams, who was shot to death in 2019 while trying to disburse a crowd at a Hayneville convenience store.
In a related item, retired Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Bert Rice has been appointed to preside over the trial of 19-year-old William Chase Johnson of Montgomery, the man charged with fatally shooting the popular sheriff.
“I’m proud to have been selected, “ Jackson said.