My Life Journey

I was born and raised in Burley, Idaho which is located approximately 60 miles south of Boise. I have 3 brothers, 1 sister, 1 half-sister and 1 half-brother. I graduated from Minico High School in May 1984. I am married to my best friend Kristina May Jerome-Hare. We are a blended family with a total of 7 children. I have the most with 3 boys and 1 girl and Tina has 3 amazing girls. We are also avid pet lovers. I moved to Dawsonville, Georgia from Las Vegas in 2006 and in January 2011, moved to Athens.     

  • Enlisted on the Delayed Entry Program in 1993

  • June 1984 – Boot camp Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego

  • October 1984 – Infantry Training School, Camp Pendleton, CA

  • December 1984 – Marine Security Forces, NWS, Yorktown, VA

  • February 1986 – 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Camp Lejuene, NC

  • April 1988 – Honorable Discharged (cutbacks)

  • May 1988 – 1989 Marine Corps Reserves

  • May 1989 – Aviation Power Plant School, Chanute AFB, Rantoule, IL

  • September 1989 – Marine Observation Squadron 2, Camp Pendleton, CA

  • May 1993 – Honorable Discharge (cutbacks)

LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

After being discharged from active duty, I was offered a job as a forklift operator. Since the truck drivers loaded and unloaded their own trailers, all I had to do was put the pallets on the dock. As I was placing the pallets on the dock, I noticed that the dock was narrow to turn around. I had to back up into the warehouse in order to get the next pallet. After placing several pallets on the dock, I was backing up to get the next and noticed that I was getting close to the edge. I stepped on the brake peddle, it went to the floor. The brakes failed and the forklift went off the dock. When the back of the forklift hit the ground, I was thrown from it. But I wasn't thrown far enough, because when the forklift continued on its path (flipping over), it landed on me. The boom (piece that holds the forks) rested along the right side of my body, pinning me underneath. I was transported to the University of San Diego Medical Center trauma section where I learned that approximately 50,000 lbs of force crushed my body. In the process, I broke my pelvis in five places, received massive internal injuries and later found I was paralyzed from the waist down. Once all the tests results were in, I was told that I had a 90% chance that I would never walk again. If I did start walking, it wouldn't be for a few years. Career wise, I was either going to be on permanent disability or behind a desk. I asked the doctors if I was able to walk, could I be a law enforcement officer again and they said - No! I was further informed that the ONLY reason I survived is because of my conditioning as a Marine.

After a few months in the hospital, I learned how to deal with my new life and was discharged. I was placed with home health so a nurse and physical therapist could come to my home weekly and help me cope. What I really needed was a counselor to help me adjust mentally. I fell into a deep depression and attempted suicide a couple of times. I felt that if I couldn't totally function normally, there was no point in living. That was totally false! Once I began to understand that there was nothing I could do, the accident happened, I began to mentally adjust to my new life. One day, it hit me - the doctor said a 90% chance and not 100% chance that I wouldn't walk again. I remembered what my Drill Instructors taught me, "as long as you have breath in your lungs, you never give up". My physical therapy (Marine Corps style) began and six months later, I took my first step. A few months after that, I gave away my wheelchair and walker, beginning my life once again upright. That was in 1995 and I have never looked back.

A THRIVING CAREER

  • 2004 – Las Vegas Community Correctional Center. Later promoted to Security Manager (Head of Security).

  • 2006 – Moved to Georgia. Began working at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center with the Georgia Depart. of Juvenile Justice.

  • 2009 – Attended the Regional Police Academy.

  • 2010 – Clarke County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Jail.

  • 2011 - Promoted to Deputy First Class

  • 2012 - Promoted to Corporal

  • 2013 – Transferred to Court Services.

  • 2014 – Transferred back to the Jail, then to Field Services in the Warrant Section.

  • 2017 – Promoted to Sergeant, transferred to the Jail as an Assistant Watch Commander. 

During my time with the Sheriff's Office I also assisted with the D.A.R.E. program by being Darin the Lion. I taught a safe driving and teen licensing seminar called Parents Reducing Injury and Drivers Error (P.R.I.D.E.). I was part of the recruitment team primarily with the Veteran's Job Fairs. I was the Drill Master for the Honor/Color Guard. I was asked to represent CCSO in various community events and worked as a School Resource Officer for Cedar Shoals High School, Clarke Central High School, Classic City High School/Athens Career Academy, Hilsman Middle School, and Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School. I have also completed various leadership training classes to include, but not limited to: ACCUG Supervisory Skills Training, ACCUG Management Skills Training, ACCUG Peak Academy, FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute, Analytical Leadership 1 & 2, Analytical Interviewing, and General Instructor Training.

After many months of discussing with the family and the members of the Sheriff's Office, I felt it was time to accomplish another goal - candidacy for Sheriff of Athens-Clarke County. On December 14, 2019, after 9 wonderful years with the Clarke County Sheriff's Office, I resigned and began planning for my next adventure.

EDUCATION, MEMBERSHIPS, & AWARDS

  • Columbia Southern University - A.A. and B.S. in Criminal Justice

  • Liberty University - Pursuing a Juris Master's in American Legal Studies

  • Member of Athens Church

  • Production Volunteer at Athens Church

  • Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers - Athens

  • National Sheriff's Association

  • Georgia Sheriff's Association

  • American Jail Association

  • Georgia Jail Association

  • American Bar Association (Student member)

  • Georgia Bar Association (Student member)

  • Marine Corps League

  • American Legion Post 163 (Statham)

  • American Legion Riders Post 163 (Statham)

  • Former Chapter President of American Criminal Justice Association

  • Former Chapter President of Columbia Southern University Alumni

  • State of Georgia "Buckle up America" award for teaching P.R.I.D.E.

  • Outstanding Leadership Award with GRYDC

  • Outstanding Service Award with GRYDC

Honesty,

Integrity,

Family Values,

Honor.

  • Husband and Father

  • United States Marine Corps Veteran

  • Served Athens-Clarke County since 2010 with the Clarke County Sheriff's Office

  • Over 17 years of combined Law Enforcement experience

  • Adjunct Instructor with Georgia Public Safety Training Center

  • National Sheriff's Association Member

  • Georgia Sheriff's Association Member

  • Member of American Legion Post 163 - Statham

  • Member of Marine Corps League

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