Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd’s helicopters used 39 times, records show

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd on Tuesday released flight records and fuel costs for his department’s helicopters, which showed the helicopters have been used 39 times since April 2011.

Byrd released the data less than a week after he told the Sun Herald he didn’t consider the information public record. The sheriff also gave the newspaper information on how his department spent drug-forfeiture money in 2013.

The flight records show the Sheriff’s Office used the helicopters to patrol the local port and the county, to participate in Memorial Day patrols, to search for a lost plane, for maintenance runs and for public relations, though the logs do not specify the type of public relations.

Sun Herald