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First female deputy sworn in

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

As Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton looked on, Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court Victoria Wheeler performed the ceremony to swear in the Clay County Sheriff's Department's newest and first full-time female deputy, Casey Judge, on Monday at the Clay County Courthouse. Ivy Jackson Photo. [Order this photo]
Although it took a while, Casey Judge is excited to reach the culmination of her goal.

"I've been reaching for this for four years," Judge, 21, told The Brazil Times Monday after being sworn in as Clay County Sheriff's Department's newest and the first full-time female deputy. "I'm looking forward to being able to do the job, to do it all."

Heaton said Judge has been getting oriented with how the department works -- such as working in the jail and the 911-dispatch call center -- and the duties of a law enforcement officer -- such as patrolling, mapping the county roadways and doing paperwork.

"We hope to keep Judge as long as we can. She comes to us with a great background," Heaton said. "Having her on the department will allow us to pursue new and unique ways for investigations and how they are to be handled. A female officer can help create comfort areas for victims that male officers sometimes can't."

Starting at the police academy on Jan. 19, Judge expects to graduate in May and is looking forward to hitting the roadways of her soon-to-be new home.

"There are a great bunch of guys to work with at the department," Judge said. "I'm really looking forward to doing the job and getting to know Clay County."

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-- Posted by Grudge on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 11:36 PM

great job on keeping your goal you finally made it i am actually interested in becoming a poilce officer for clay county and i hope to succed in my goal such as you did. good luck and stay strong

-- Posted by tylera1989 on Wed, Jan 7, 2009, at 7:46 AM

Good luck! You are working with a great group of officers.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Wed, Jan 7, 2009, at 8:10 AM

Book 'em Casey

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jan 7, 2009, at 9:08 AM

Congratulations to the first female deputy in Clay County. I hope the "great group of officers" she is working with treat her with respect. They have been known to make up very vulgar stories about women in this town.

-- Posted by hunter 68 on Wed, Jan 7, 2009, at 3:09 PM

Took long enough to hire a female. Oh that's right, this is Clay County.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jan 7, 2009, at 4:34 PM

Yeah CCSD is known for making up stories about women...darn them sexist... *rolls eyes

-- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 7:52 AM

hunter 68

"They" all are a great group of guys. Clay County is fortunate to have such respectful, well-trained, hard working deputies. I seriously doubt they tell tall vulgar tales about individuals in this area.

-- Posted by ilovescrapbooking on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 9:34 PM

I dont think that any of the dupties would say any vulgar stories about any females in the community and it is people like you that cause so may problems in this community when the dupties are out there day and night and even holidays risking there lives to protect you. So anyway good luck Casey and i am sure that you will be treated with the greatest respect, they really are a great group of guys.

-- Posted by noyb on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 6:05 AM

As a life long friend of Casey's I want everyone to know that she is indeed one of the best people I've known in my life, and also probably one of the best people for this job. I have always known that she was meant for great things. Go get em Casey and remember that I am always there for you no matter what you do and so is your awesome family!

-- Posted by lexi5587 on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 11:31 AM

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