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Coal County Sheriff talks about recent controversy

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COAL COUNTY, OK - The Coal County Sheriff's Office has been a source of controversy for several months now, but the new sheriff says he's hoping to change that.

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We sat down with Sheriff Bryan Jump on Tuesday to talk about the challenges he's faced during his first 6 months in office.

Bryan Jump says he knew what he was getting into when he decided to run for sheriff.

He realizes how severely diminished the reputation of the Coal county Sheriff's Office has become, but it's his home town and he is determined to turn it all around.

When Bryan Jump accepted the position as the new Coal County Sheriff, he says he knew he had his work cut out for him.

"We're working hard to clean up and get respect back in the sheriff's office."

Jump knew he was inheriting a mess of controversy he believes was left behind by the former sheriff, Roy Deck.

He took over an office that's lost the respect of a lot area residents.

Many who had a lot to say but wouldn't talk on camera for fear of retaliation.

"I think they need to make change for the good, I mean there's been nothing but trouble in Coal County for years and years and years," said an anonymous resident.

It's only been six months, but so far Sheriff Jump has had to request an OSBI investigation into one of his deputies, which led to embezzlement charges.

And recently his office had to investigate one of his jailers, a woman he's known his whole life.

"Went to school with her, and families are close friends, and when you get put in a position like that where something like that happens it makes it tough," said Jump.

"Hey you never know, I feel like you ought to be able to arrest your own sister, it's your job," said resident, Rebecca Washburn.

Jump arrested 41 year old Cassandra Bailey for bringing drugs into the jail.

"You gotta have employees who really care about the community and the job and you gotta have people that want to do the right thing."

Working to serve the public in the area he grew up in, Jump is taking his new role very seriously.

"I think they're doing a fine job so far," said resident, Bill Pope.

"I think he's doing a great job, he's had a lot to deal with and he's doing a great job," said Washburn.

Something a lot of people seem to agree with.

Jump says a lot of changes have already been made.

A few things they've done include putting a deputy in the schools, and having deputies patrol more in the rural community areas.

The court date for jailer, Cassandra Bailey is set for May 23rd.