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Sawyer Announces Bid for Polk County Sheriff

Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott Sawyer has announced his candidacy for Polk County Sheriff and Tax Collector. “I am saddened by the news that Sheriff Godfrey will not seek another term in his position; however, I look forward to the demands that this opportunity presents to me personally and to the challenges that this department and county will face in the foreseeable future.”

Sawyer attended the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington before relocating with his family to Vandervoort where he began his law enforcement career with the City of Grannis in 1994. “I received my ALETA certification before being hired as a patrolman with the Mena Police Department in 1996. I earned my promotion to Sargeant in 1998 with Mena PD.”

Sawyer began his 16-year career with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department in 1999, under the leadership of then Sheriff Mike Oglesby. “When Mike Godfrey became Sheriff in 2011, he promoted me to Chief Deputy, whose duties include investigating major crimes, heading up the Special Response Team for this county, as well as acting Sheriff in his absence. I have over a 1000 hours of Law Enforcement training, including certifications as LE Instructor, D.A.R.E. Instructor, Crime Scene Investigator, Tactical Operations and others. I have been named twice as ‘Law Enforcement Officer of the Year’ by community affiliations and have received three meritorious commendations during my career.”

Sawyer stated, “I am extremely proud of the accomplishments this agency has had during my employment here. I have helped implement the School Resource Officer programs at Cossatot River and Ouachita River School Districts as well as Rich Mountain Community College. I have also been responsible for keeping this department current with the continuing education and training as required by this State for each Deputy and Jailer/Dispatcher.”

Sawyer is married to Cindi (nee Frachiseur) who is employed with the Arkansas National Guard as a Family Assistance Specialist and the couple resides in Mena with their two children, Kensie and Colton, who attend Mena High School. “Both are very active in sports there. We attend Holly Grove Missionary Baptist church in Grannis with other family members.”

“I have been serving this County for the last 21 years with various agencies. The next few years will be challenging times for all law enforcement considering the current climate toward officers. Tight budgets will be the leading concern we will be facing. I believe my experience will assist me in leading this agency through the rough times. I look forward to meeting with members of this county and hope to continue to keep this agency under local supervision and searching for local solutions for Polk County problems. Overall, Polk County is asafe and secure place to call home and I hope to keep it so for our families and friends.”

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  1. You’d have my vote Scott. Hope you are well.

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