Jones County sheriff deputy goes from protecting to auctioneering

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, out of their approximately 50 sworn deputies, 40 to 45 of them have other jobs.

Jack Armstrong is a sheriff deputy for the department. When he's not serving and protecting he's an auctioneer.

"It's pretty common through all law enforcement that officers have part time jobs with their time off," said Armstrong. "Pay, it's just the pay"

Armstrong has been an auctioneer for 25 years.

"I do five automobile auctions a week," said Armstrong. "I go to New Orleans on Monday, I go to Hammond on Tuesday, I go to Slidell on Wednesday, I'm here in Hattiesburg on Thursday and Baton Rouge on Friday and then juggle the sheriff's department in between."

Armstrong says he went to Mendenhall School of Auctioneering and that's how he learned how to talk fast. He said his passion for it started with his part time job as a driver for car auctions.

"I remember sitting there in that car and looking up on that podium and seeing the guy talk fast and I just thought it was neat," said Armstrong.

Although he's at car auctions more than at the sheriff's department, Armstrong said it's all about giving back to the community.

"Me personally I like helping people," said Armstrong. "You get a good satisfaction, you pull up and you help somebody out with their problems and they turn around and tell you thank you. It's just the little things.

Armstrong will be auctioneering at a charity event at the Beau Rivage on Saturday.

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