JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Leaders from across the State of Mississippi are remembering the life of Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance. He died at his Jackson home Wednesday morning.

Hinds County leaders held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to remember the sheriff, who was elected in 2019.

Captain Tyree Jones of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office said, “As it relates to type of person he was, the type of leader he was, and just an all around great guy. You know, I met him years ago when I came on the police department. He was my commander in Precinct 2. That’s been over 20 years ago. He was an individual that gave me a chance.”

Governor Tate Reeves released the following statement on Twitter:

MS lost a true law enforcement hero today who spent 30+ years keeping Hinds Co. residents safe. Over many of those years, Lee Vance was a personal friend to me & so many others in this community. @firstladyofms & I send our deepest condolences to the Vance family & @CountyHinds.

Gov. Tate Reeves, R-Miss.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released the following statement:

The City of Jackson collectively grieves the loss of Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance and sends its prayers to his family. Sheriff Vance was a bright light in the City of Jackson demonstrating an unwavering commitment to its residents through his lifetime of work ensuring public safety. Sheriff Vance loved serving people, a love that was often shown through the warmth of his infectious smile. His lifetime of service spanned from serving as a JPD officer to later rising up the ranks to become JPD chief of police and finally serving as our beloved sheriff. Sheriff Vance was not only a friend to our city, but I considered him a personal friend of mine. He supported efforts toward the growth and development of Jackson and was a personal support to both me and my father. Our prayers are with his family and all of those who were touched by his life.

Chokwe A. Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:

Sheriff Patten and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office is asking for prayers for Sheriff Lee Vance, his family & the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Family after hearing the news of his passing. In Honor of Sheriff Vance’s service to his family and community, we will fly our flag at half staff until he is laid to rest. We’re asking for Adams County and others to Keep Hinds County, The Hinds County Sheriff’s Office and those who knew Sheriff Vance in their prayers.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office

The Flowood Police Department released the following statement:

The Flowood Police Department would like to say our hearts are with the family of Sheriff Lee Vance. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss of your loved one. A special prayer to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and the Jackson Police Department. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this tragic time.

Flowood Police Dept.

The Copiah County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:

It is with a heavy heart that the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office extend condolences to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Family, and family of Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance. May God comfort you with His love, protect you with His grace and assure you of His presence. Rest In Peace our brother, for your work here is done.

Copiah County Sheriff’s Office

Mississippi Homeland Security released the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheriff Vance’s family and everyone at the Hinds County Sheriff’s office.

Mississippi Homeland Security

Jackson State University released the following statement:

The Jackson State University family is deeply saddened by the loss of JSU alum and Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance. He was a benevolent servant to the community, county, city and state. May we always remember and respect his legacy. We also extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Vance family and all whose lives he touched. His presence was deeply felt and will be greatly missed.

Jackson State University

Visit Jackson released the following statement:

Visit Jackson expresses our sincere condolences to the family, fellow officers and staff of Hinds Co. Sheriff Lee Vance. Lee was a true friend to Jackson. His passion and enthusiasm for the City With Soul will be sorely missed.

Rickey Thigpen, Visit Jackson President and CEO

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) released the following statement:

We greatly mourn the passing of an incredible public servant in Sheriff Vance. The Jackson
Municipal Airport Authority sends our deepest sympathy to his family and the wonderful professionals at the Hinds County Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Vance was a role model to many during his 30 plus years serving the Jackson area.

Robert E. Martin, JMAA Board Chairman

State Senator David Blount (D-District 29) said, “So sorry to hear of the passing of Sheriff Vance, a law enforcement officer with a heart for the community.”