Thursday marked the last day of service for Jersey County Sheriff Mark Kallal. Kallal, who started his duties Dec. 1, 2006, has retired to join his wife Patricia and family who now live in Texas. Kallal said he is excited to be with his family, but it is hard to leave. Kallal has been full-time with the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department since February 1998.
Kallal is a graduate of Jersey Community High School and went through Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in Champaign.. He completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) instructor program in 2000, and was the county DARE officer for nearly a decade.