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Winona’s Jeff Byars recently qualified to run for the District 2 Justice Court Judge seat in Montgomery County.
Byars, a veteran law enforcement officer, will run for the position on the Republican ticket.
“Crime is increasing daily,” Byars said. “It is going to take a judge that will stand up in court and do what needs to be done.”
A native of Grenada, Byars is a 1975 graduate of Grenada High School. He went on to get his associate’s degree in music in 1977 and his Bachelor’s of Ministry degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2005.
He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in ministry.
For 15 years, Byars has served the public as a law enforcement officer, with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, the Vaiden Police Department, and the Greenwood Police Department. During his tenure as a law enforcement officer, Byars has completed many hours of continuing education in criminal investigation, child abuse prevention and investigation, and domestic violence prevention, homicide investigation and courtroom testimony. He is also a certified instructor in DUI enforcement and in pepper spray usage.
Byars is currently a detective sergeant with the Greenwood Police Department, where he has investigated all types of criminal cases including several high-profile cases in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies like the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
“In my 15 years of law enforcement experience, I have worked in the streets, and I know what is going on out there,” Byars said. “I’m pretty good at determining if someone is not telling the truth. There is no better experience in the law than the experience I’ve gained through years of practical use as a law enforcement officer. Those years of experience make me the most qualified candidate to hold the position of justice court judge because I have worked in the streets and have presented cases in municipal, county and circuit courts, and I have worked closely with the district attorney's office the past eight years at Greenwood. I know what goes on in the streets, I know what the criminals do and I know what law enforcement officers have to go through. I have experienced it first hand, and I know what a judge should look for. I will be the only candidate running with this kind of experience.”
With wife, Jean Byars, a well-known insurance agent in Winona, Byars has four children, Emily Shiers of Yazoo City, Tommy Vaughan of Yazoo City, Ashley Byars of West Point, and Michael Byars of Maben. He and his wife are also the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren, Tristan, Layne, Gaige, Addison, James III, Kaydence and Stormy.
Byars is a member of First Baptist Church of Winona, however, he has been serving churches around the region and in Kentucky since his teenage years.
“I am also an ordained minister,” Byars said. “I have served as music minister in several churches. Tchula was my first church to serve. I’ve been serving in churches since I was 14 years old.”
Byars said although he is no longer serving full-time as a music minister, he enjoys substituting for pastors occasionally.
“I still fill in from time to time,” Byars said. “However, these days, we are at home as members of First Baptist in Winona.”
As music is a lifelong passion for Byars, he is also a songwriter and performer. Two of Byars’ original songs, “Lord, What Can I Do,” co-written with Gary Lanier and “Everybody Here Loves Christmas,” co-written with Alan O’Day and T.J. Kirby, have garnered national attention in the music industry, and this past Christmas, his Christmas song spent two weeks in the #1 spot on one of the national music charts.
“I am currently working on a CD of original country songs,” Byars said.
Byars said he is looking forward to getting to know more citizens of Montgomery County in the upcoming campaign and if elected will serve the citizens of District 2 with honor and dignity.
“Please send me your questions and comments,” Byars said. “I am always interested in what the citizens have to say.”
To contact Byars, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 662-417-4101.
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