Major Jeff Hein will be retiring from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office after 18 years with the department. Hein’s effective retirement date begins Jan. 24 and will be carried on annual leave days until that date according to Chief Deputy Jon Long.
“He was instrumental in assisting the pioneering of the Special Response Team including training,” Long said. “He was a valued member of the Sheriff’s Office and recent events led to the discussion with the sheriff which led him to retire.”
The retirement of Hein comes after an internal investigation to see if Hein acted inappropriately after being bitten by K-9 Yeiko. In bodycam footage obtained by the Courier, on Nov. 29 during a pursuit following a high speed chase, Cpl. Corey Nadeau asked if any law enforcement officers had water to give to Yeiko.
When Hein attempted to give Yeiko water by cupping his hands, the K-9 bit Hein in the shoulder and neck area. Hein then moved out of view of the body cam and allegedly drew his weapon out in the direction of Nadeau and Yeiko.
Hein was put on administrative leave Dec. 10 following the incident. Captain David Edwards has been promoted to Major and named the new jail administrator after Hein’s retirement.