Porter and his wife Paula have fostered 14 children and have three other children — Mickayla Walker and husband Ryan, Kyle Porter and Lynn Simmons. He has served as a teacher and serves as a deacon at Hoits Addition Church; has served the community as a DARE officer and is co-founder of JC Challenge.
“If elected as your new sheriff, I will work for the citizens, I will be accessible and I will listen to the citizens,” Porter said. “I will work as a team with the State’s Attorney and with the County Board members representing the citizens of Jefferson County.”
Allen said he loves public service and believes it is time for Jefferson County to be under new leadership.
“I have a great love for the public and law enforcement,” Allen said. “I cannot think of a better way I can serve the public in a law enforcement role than to be the sheriff of Jefferson County.”
Allen is a life-long resident of Jefferson County, holding a master’s degree in management.
“I am currently the chief of Ina Police Department,” Allen said. “I have a lot of experience for someone my age. I have been a Mt. Vernon City police officer, DuPont manager — where I directly supervised over 40 employees — and United States Army Corps of Engineers park ranger. I believe that Jefferson County needs a young and active sheriff.
Allen said he commends some of the other candidates with long careers and success.
“I believe at 30 years old, I am the perfect balance of young ambition and mature responsibility,” Allen said. “I want to make the Jefferson County Sheriff position a career and not a retirement position. I want to be on the front lines every day making a difference.”
Allen said the biggest issues facing the position is loss of ICE prisoners and drugs.