"It is no doubt the county will be in good hands with Butch," said Bob Whitehead, the former jail administrator.
McHaney, 64, has lived in rural Bertrand for 30 years. He has worked in the trucking business, owned and operated Bo's Bar-B-Que in East Prairie, and has spent the last three and a half years as transportation officer of the jail.
"As transportation officer I primarily dealt with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (formerly the INS)," said McHaney. "I transported ICE criminals to and from St. Louis as well as delivering prisoners from the jail to the Missouri Department of Corrections."
Keith Moore, Mississippi County sheriff, who made the decision to hire McHaney, said this previous experience was a large factor in his decision to hire him.
"There is no doubt that Butch has a good background. He already has experience with the jail and already has experience in business. Plus, it is always good to promote from within," added Moore.
McHaney's background in business was especially helpful.
"The jail administrator runs the jail, and that includes the kitchen and everything," McHaney said.
McHaney, who was chosen from a pool of 10 to 15 other applicants, is being helped in the transition by Whitehead.
"The rest of the people working with the jail have been here for years and they all know what they are doing. I am sure it will be an easy transition," stated McHaney.
"We are not going to skip a beat," Whitehead said. "He's going to be excellent with managing employees."