Jenkins joins ATF as special agent

By Kathy Helms-Hughes


   Carter County Sheriff's Department Investigator Lt. Jamie Jenkins was hoping to crack an Internet fraud case before leaving the sheriff's department in late August. However, it was not to be.
   Jenkins, 33, a graduate of Hampton High School, is now serving as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in an undisclosed location.
   Jenkins joined the Air Force after graduation and served as a Security Police officer. After leaving the military, he joined the sheriff's department, starting out as a dispatcher. After one year, he became a patrol officer and was then promoted to shift sergeant in the early 1990s. In 1995, he became lieutenant, commanding a patrol shift.
   Jenkins later made a lateral transfer to the First Judicial District Drug Task Force, where he worked for more than a year while returning to college and getting his degree in political science with a minor in criminal justice.
   After graduation from college, Jenkins returned to the sheriff's department and took over the Criminal Investigation Division. He had been commander of the department's SWAT team for the last six years and a member of the team for nearly 9-1/2 years.
   Jenkins expressed disappointment at not being able to complete his last investigation -- the Mary Crawford Internet auction case.
   "I was working on solving the case before leaving, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. She's nowhere to be found," he said.
   "I've enjoyed my career here and working with all the men and women. I thoroughly enjoyed working under Sheriff [John] Henson. He and Chief [James] Parrish both have been a mentor to me and they've stood behind me and supported me in my division here and with the SWAT team," he said.
   During the last several years, Jenkins said he had seen some major advances in the area of law enforcement. "Equipment, technology, and forensics have changed for the good," he said.
   Jenkins is married to television reporter Karen Cole. The couple have an 8-year-old daughter and "one on the way," he said.