40 Under Forty: Jordyn Holzer

Name:  Jordyn Holzer

Age: 26

Title/Company or main life pursuit: Forensic Crime Scene Technician at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office  

What is your word and why did you chose it? Perseverance.

When I graduated college in May, 2016, it took over a year to get a job in Forensics. I applied to over 50 law enforcement agencies, from as far north as Kentucky to as far south as Miami. I received multiple rejection letters due to my lack of hands-on experience. I even had people tell me I would never get a crime scene job. Others suggested I should consider something else in my field. Being constantly told “no” was rather disheartening. I took my frustrations from the rejection and discovered a solution. I learned about the CSI Academy and took it upon myself to find other various crime scene training courses so that I could get this so desired hands-on experience. After attending multiple training courses, I was able to land my job at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Shout out to Lieutenant Calhoun!

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years?

I hope to be retired and traveling the world.


Favorite way to give back to the community?  By assisting in solving crimes in our community, through science and dedication.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area? I moved to Ocala from the Atlanta area. What I love about Ocala is the location because within two hours or less, I can be to beaches, theme parks, and beautiful springs. 

A few albums and movies you’d bring to a deserted island?

Movies: “Hocus Pocus,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Tangled. “

Albums: Billie Eilish- When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? , Ke$ha- Warrior, Sean Paul- The Trinity and Pitbull- M.I.A.M.I.

You never leave home without: My cell phone, wallet and coffee.

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing: Mom was right!

Anything else you’re super passionate about that you’d like to tout:

My dog, Shay. Go check out her Instagram (@snarl_shay) and you’ll see why!

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