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Thank you to all law enforcement: the men, women and their families who have done so much for us. Thank you from the 2017-2018 Polk County Quorum Court
Ben Finley – District 1 Incumbent, Jim Neugent – District 2, Harold Coogan – District 3, Margo Kimp – District 4, Troy Lunsford – District 5, Terry Terrell – District 6, Tommy Floyd – District 7, Terry Scott – District 8, Basil Kesterson – District 9, Mitchell Tidwell – District 10, and Tawana Gilbert – District 11 Incumbent
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Sheriff’s Department Scott Sawyer – Sheriff 24 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: Ofﬁcer of the Year (2000, 2002, 2008), Award for Meritorious Service (2002, 2009) 2017 Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Married to Cindi and has 2 children; Hobbies: Spending time with family; Attends Holly Grove Baptist Church; Member of: Chairman of Arkansas Child Abuse Prevention Council, Arkansas Sherriff’s Association Randy Jewell – Chief Deputy 12 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: 2017 Ofﬁcer of the Year, Attorney General Ofﬁce, Masonic Lodge Ofﬁcer of the Year, American Legion Ofﬁcer of the Year, Certiﬁed Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Cellebrite Certiﬁed Logical Operator & Physical Analyst Married to Trina and has 4 children Hobbies: Spending time with family, hunting and ﬁshing
Charlie Baker – Deputy/ School Resource Ofﬁcer at University of Arkansas Rich Mountain 15 years in Law Enforcement Married to Sherry and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren Hobbies: hunting & ﬁshing Attends First Baptist Church
Russell Gibbons – Deputy Newly hired SARO at Wickes Elementary, Currently attending the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden, AR, scheduled to graduate August 2018; Has 2 children
Steve Fortner – Deputy 5 ½ years in Law Enforcement Married to Julie and has 1 child Attends First Baptist Church in Cove Member of: Mount Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 Mark Cannon – Deputy 5 years in Law Enforcement Married to Luci and has 1 child Hobbies: Spending time with family and hunting Attends Christ Community Fellowship Member of: NRA, Arkansas Cattleman’s Association
TJ Frachiseur – Deputy Sheriff 6 years in Law Enforcement Married to ShaRae and has 1 child Hobbies: Hunting and ﬁshing Member of: Vandervoort Volunteer Fire Department
Mike Godfrey – Investigation/Deputy 30 years in Law Enforcement, Former Polk County Sheriff Recognitions/Awards: Certiﬁed Instructor, Former Director of Arkansas Sheriffs Association Married to Mandy and has 2 children
Thank you for your dedication and service
CITY OF MENA 520 Mena Street Mena, AR 71953
Danny Baker – Deputy 2 years in Law Enforcement Married to Samantha and has 2 children
George McKee Mayor
City Clerk / Treasurer
Patrick McDaniel City City Attorney
Brandon Ellison Polk County Judge
Your hard work and service to our county is unwaivering.
Thank you for your
commitment and public service.
Andy Brown Dwight Douglas Mary Alice Head Terri Neugent Ron Tilley James Earl Turner
Teague State Senate
Thank you for your service!! Paid for by Senator Larry Teauge
May 16, 2018 Jim Smith – Deputy Sheriff 7 years in Law Enforcement Married to Sara and has 3 children Hobbies: Hunting and spending time with family Attends Bethel Baptist Church in Potter
Justin Wagner – Deputy 5 years in Law Enforcement Married to Ravan and has 1 child Hobbies: Hunting and ﬁshing Member of: Arkansas Sheriff’s Association, Honor Guard
Brady Whisenhunt – Deputy 8 years in Law Enforcement Married to Alicia and has 4 children Hobbies: Hunting, ﬁshing, and spending time with family and friends
WE CAN DO IT ALL We proudly support our law enforcement! JAMES EARL TURNER - (479) 234-6244 • ERIC TURNER - (479) 243-5549
LICENSED RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL CONTRACTOR
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Serving with pride for 20 years and 4 years as your Police Chief
Brandon Martin Thank hank you for your commitment Chief of Police to keep our city and community safe. Brandon Martin for Mayor of Mena
Political Ad Paid for by Brandon Martin for Mayor
Jeff Field – Deputy 20 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: Senior Certiﬁcate Law Enforcement Ofﬁcer, Certiﬁed Narcotics Ofﬁcer, Certiﬁed Police Instructor, Cellebrite Certiﬁed Physical Analyst Married to Elicia and has 6 children and 3 grandchildren Hobbies: Fitness Training Attends Dallas Avenue Baptist Church
Clint Bell –School Resource Ofﬁcer Cossatot River 5 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: Certiﬁed School Recourse Ofﬁcer Married to Tanya and has 3 children Hobbies: Hunting, ﬁshing, spending time with family Attends Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Member of: Cossatot River FFA Booster Club
Duane Harvey –School Resource Ofﬁcer Acorn School 2 years in Law Enforcement Married to Shelly Hobbies: Canoeing, going for jeep rides, and ﬁshing Member of: Mena Fire Department (Captain)
DANIEL JUSTICE PEACE OF THE
all for your service and dedication put forth to protect our community.
Political Ad Paid for by Chris Daniel
Tanya K. Fretz
Polk County TREASURER
Thank you for your dedication and service to the families of Polk County.
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Mena Police Department
Ronnie Richardson – Patrolman 25 years in Law Enforcement Married to Donna and has 1 child
Brandon Martin – Chief 20 years in Law Enforcement Hobbies: Hunting and Fishing Member of: Arkansas Association of Chief of Police
Paul Arceneaux – Patrolman 4 years in Law Enforcement Married to Bonnie and has 4 children Hobbies: Fishing
Andy Barron – Reserve Ofﬁcer 3 years in Law Enforcement Has 2 children Hobbies: Fishing, boating, antique refurbishing
Edwin Gibson – Assistant Chief 40 years in Law Enforcement Has 1 child and 2 grandchildren Attends Yacanna Baptist Church Member of: Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police
Jessie Curry – Patrolman/School Resource Ofﬁcer 18 years in Law Enforcement Has 1 child and 2 grandchildren Hobbies: Hunting, ﬁshing, motorcycle riding, and woodworking
Law Enforcement Appreciation Farm Bureau Insurance honors our local, county and state law officers for the jobs they do. In a day and time when our officers are being treated in a disrespectful manner, we express our gratitude and respect for our local family of law officials. They have chosen to serve and protect us, while putting their lives in harm’s way every day. Show your support for the law officers of Polk County by thanking them for the dedication they have to serve and defend us.
309 S. Morrow, Mena • 479-394-3650
We appreciate you.
Eudell Head – Sergeant 28 years in Law Enforcement Has 3 children Hobbies: Being in the woods Attends The Crossing Church
Michelle Heath Schnell Polk County CIRCUIT CLERK
Thank you! Our office proudly supports all of our law enforcement.
Thanks for your service to the
community and thank you for all you do for your family!
Arkansas State Police Cpl. Mike Thomas
Polk County Assesor Jovan Thomas
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Mena Police Department Daniel Sanchez – Reserve Ofﬁcer 5 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: 2015 Ofﬁcer of the Year by Rotary Club Married to Jessica and has 2 children Hobbies: Riding motorcycle Member of: Mena Fire Department, Driver Operator, Fire Fighter Level II, and 8 years of service Joe Quinn – Patrolman 13 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: Certiﬁed Narcotics Ofﬁcer, Certiﬁed SWAT Ofﬁcer, CRASE Instructor, Nationally Registered EMT, Firearms Instructor Married to Brittany and has 3 children Hobbies: Spending time with family and learning new things. Member of: Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Honor Guard
Gwin Dilbeck – Adm. Assistant 20 years in Law Enforcement Has 2 children Hobbies: Crafts and ﬂea marketing John J. Logan – Sergeant 16 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: Certiﬁed Narcotics Ofﬁcer, Certiﬁed SWAT Ofﬁcer, Certiﬁed Clandestine Meth Lab Investigator Married to Dana and has 3 children Hobbies: Avid hunter and outdoorsman Member of: Mena Masonic Lodge (Dallas Lodge #128), Boy Scouts of America – Cabmaster Pack 68
Kenneth Mann – Sergeant 22 years in Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Ofﬁcer, Firearms Instructor Married to Marcie and has 2 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren Hobbies: Fishing and being outdoors
Steven Stout – Patrolman 7 years in Law Enforcement Internet Crimes against Children Coordinator Married to Angela and has 3 children Youth Pastor for Calvary Baptist Church – Mena Hobbies: Fishing, Kayaking, Hunting, reading and spending time with family and friends. Allen Walker – Reserve Ofﬁcer 4 years in Law Enforcement Served in the US Army Married to Amanda and has 3 children Attends Union Mission Church Hobbies: Fishing and gun repair Mike Wolf – Patrolman 18 years in Law Enforcement Recognitions/Awards: Certiﬁed Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Certiﬁed SFST Instructor, AMPA Chastain Award (2009), Mena Rotary Club Ofﬁcer of the Year (2009), State of Arkansas Dist. 4 Ofﬁcer of the Year (2009), American Legion State of Arkansas Ofﬁcer of the Year (2009), Mena Police Department Ofﬁcer of the Year (2009) – All Related to Tornado of 2009 Married to Tiara and has 5 children and 2 grandchildren Hobbies: Horse Back riding Attends St. Agnes Catholic Church
Tod Cannon – Sergeant 27 years in Law Enforcement Senior Certiﬁed
Norma Gray – Detective 10 years in Law Enforcement Married to Traci and has 3 children and 1 grandchild Drug Recognition Expert, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor
Thad Thomas – Patrolman 12 years in Law Enforcement Married to Crystal and has 4 children Hobbies: Spending time with family, ﬁshing and being outdoors.
515 Janssen - Mena, AR
We invite you to take the time this week to
‘Thank Our Officers’
for the work they do and for choosing a life of public service.
Quorum Court l District 1
Auxillary Police Officer
Commitment to fiscal responsibility
I support & honor the men ‘Behind the Badge’- their character, courage, and commitment to our community. Political Ad Paid for by Ben Finley
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Mena Police Department Ryan Carbone – Reserve Ofﬁcer/ School Resource Ofﬁcer at Mena Middle School 6 years in Law Enforcement Hobbies: Racing cars and spending time with family
Wayne Sharp – Reserve Ofﬁcer/ School Resource Ofﬁcer at Louise Durham Elementary 6 years in Law Enforcement Dive Rescue Certiﬁed, Contract Airline Transport Pilot Married to Julie
Layton Mohr – Reserve Ofﬁcer 1 year in Law Enforcement Attending SAU in Magnolia for Criminal Justice Certiﬁed Fire Fighter 1 Hobbies: Hunting and Fishing
Oscar Sanchez – Reserve Ofﬁcer 4 years in Law Enforcement Local Business Owner
Bradley Garner – Reserve Ofﬁcer 3 years in Law Enforcement Retired from US Army Resident Ranger at Camp Pioneer Married and has 2 children Attends Dallas Avenue Church
Josh Butterworth – Reserve Ofﬁcer 1 year in Law Enforcement Certiﬁed Paramedic Married to Rhonda
Angelo Cueva – Reserve Ofﬁcer 1 year in Law Enforcement US Air National Guard
Paul Kaelin – Reserve Ofﬁcer 1 year in Law Enforcement Retired from US Army Married and has 3 children
Daisy Shelton – Reserve Ofﬁcer 1 year in Law Enforcement Volunteers with many different organizations Married and has 5 children Hobbies: Hunting, Riding horses and photography
Polk County Clerk
We are proud to support all our law enforcement and the great work they do!
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Thank You To Our Officers A
BY ANDY RINER
s big city politicians debate what they are calling the "opioid epidemic," we in Polk County continue to see the deleterious effects of methamphetamine use as public enemy number one. Methamphetamine use is the driving force behind most of the thefts, burglaries, domestic batteries, sexual abuse, and other violent crimes in our community. Citizens of this county can rest assured that law enforcement ofﬁcers from all agencies are often working together to ﬁght this enemy. To make matters difﬁcult for law enforcement ofﬁcers, pennypinching politicians lecture law enforcement ofﬁcials about the perceived
need for "prison reform." Law enforcement supervisors are continually lectured by high ranking ofﬁcials armed with such brilliant catchphrases as, "we only need to incarcerate the people who we are scared of, instead of those who we are mad at." Such sound bites roll easily off the tongues of those who live behind gates and travel with a security team, but should a police ofﬁcer really have to tell the victim of a theft that he must ﬁrst investigate the eight core criminogenic needs of the thief before considering the effects of the crime? Rather than lecturing, law enforcement in this community produces results. Because of the combined efforts of city, county, and state law enforcement in the past six months illicit drugs valued at over $461,500 have been removed from our community. During the same period, law enforcement seized over 770 individual doses of methamphetamine. These efforts saw serious offenders receive a total of 2,900 months of incarceration. Non-violent and ﬁrst-time offenders drug offenders received a total 1,644 months of
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probation. Our over-worked and underappreciated probation ofﬁcers worked long hours, despite the current political headwinds, to ensure that offenders followed the law. Law enforcement is not just about seizing drugs and taking "bad guys" to jail. In this modern era, our local law enforcement ofﬁcers must develop comprehensive strategies to offer healing to those who desire it. Few people consider that drug arrests are often the only interventions that can encourage drug offenders to address a substance abuse problem. In order to avoid prison, drug offenders will often voluntarily seek substance abuse treatment through the drug court program. Because of these interventions, in 2017-2018 our drug court treatment team was able to help 21 citizens of our community ﬁnd the path to sobriety and productivity through the drug court program. Like the ministry of the Gospel, law enforcement is a calling. It is not a call to the indolent. It is a call to long hours and time away from family. It is a call to respond to situations that are usually hopeless and sometimes even dangerous. It is a call to defend the sovereignty of the State of Arkansas against those who dare breach her peace. Though their pay is low, their calling is high. Ofﬁcers, I end with an exhortation. In this era of selfaggrandizement, distinguish yourselves not by glorifying self but by serving the people, and may the God who called you to this line of work be with you as you protect and serve!
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