To the editor:
I recently attended the “Citizens Sheriff’s Academy,” which was held on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for eight weeks. I highly recommend this class.
Deputy Dennis Burns was the academy coordinator and did a terrific job. We had classes on the Enforcement Division, Firearms, Strategic Response Team, A.L.I.C.E., Crime Task Force, Fiscal and Civil Processes, Communications and Records,
Special Deputies, Court Services, Sex Offender Registry, Internet Crimes Against Children, a demonstration by Deputy Joe Carl with K-9 Riley and Deputy Bryan Bodine with K-9 Corey. We were also transported to Marion to tour the Multi-County Correctional Facility.
The classes were taught very professionally and the instructors were all very willing to answer any questions we had. Except for one week when he was ill, Sheriff Everhart was at every session and accompanied us when we went to Marion for the tour.
Deputy Burns was also present every time. Their presence and willingness to answer any questions we had gave me a deep appreciation for our sheriff and his staff. We were treated like first class citizens.
Much thanks to Sgt. Dwight Underwood, Sgt. Scott Holbrook, Detectives Michael Conley, Matt Douglas, Scott Willoby, Fiscal/Civil Process Officer Tammy Conley, Records Officer Deborah Lingrel, Sgt. Greg Hinebaugh, Deputy Joe Carl, Deputy Bryan Bodine, Deputy Rich Williams, Deputy Christina Jones, Multi-County Correctional Facility Director Dale Osborn and Capt. Peggy Romine, and again, a big thank you to Sheriff Everhart, Deputy Burns and the whole staff for giving of your time.