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Sergeant John Mason appointed as Wahkiakum County Sheriff

On Tuesday morning, July 2nd, in the presence of a large audience, the Wahkiakum County Commissioners approved the appointment of Sergeant John Mason to the position of County Sheriff. Following a retirement party last Saturday that appeared to include every resident of the county, Mark Howie’s retirement as Sheriff officially began on July 1st. During the past year, he has mentored Sheriff Mason for the position and recommended his appointment to the County Commissioners. Following the appointment by the Commissioners, Mason was sworn in as Sheriff by Judge Heidi Heywood.

Sheriff Mason, a Cathlamet native, has served as a deputy and sergeant for over ten years. When asked about any plans for change now that he is Sheriff, Mason replied, “at 5:30 p.m. Tomorrow night (Wednesday July 3), I will be swearing in Brian Hornback as our new Patrol Sergeant. He has been a deputy here and he’s been here as long as I have which is just over a decade. It’s a very exciting time to be able to promote him. Following that promotion, we’ll have two vacancies for deputies which we are currently seeking to fill.”

With the appointment, Mason will serve as Sheriff until November of 2025, at which time he will be eligible to run for election to the position. The Eagle adds its congratulations to Sheriff Mason along with wishes for a safe and successful tenure.


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