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Simmons Announces Intent to Run for County Sheriff

Mickey Simmons has announced his intent to seek election as the Polk County Sheriff, “I am proud to announce that I am entering in the 2016 election for the office of Polk County Sheriff.”

Simmons added, “I am married to Sharon Kay Simmons, my wife of 28 years. We have two sons, Grant Gorden and Greg Gorden and wife Alisa, and 4 grandchildren, who all live in Mena. I was born and raised in Kirby, Arkansas, to the late Clifton and Zelma Simmons. I have two brothers and five sisters. Upon graduating from Kirby High School in 1976, I completed a 3-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps and after that, I did two years in the United States Army Reserves. After returning home from my military obligation, I worked as a skidder operator in the logging industry.

In 1982, Simmons began his 33-year law enforcement career. “During this time I worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in California, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department in Arkansas, and for the last 29 plus years with the Arkansas State Police here in Polk County. Over 17 of those years with the Arkansas State Police have been in a supervisory position directly supervising three counties and on a daily basis being the Duty Supervisor for all of Troop K (seven counties).

He added, “During my career I have always tried to treat citizens fairly, equally and most of all with respect and if elected Sheriff, this will continue. If elected, my staff and I will work diligently to serve and protect all the citizens of Polk County. As Sheriff, I want to maintain a close working relationship with all law enforcement agencies and keep open communication with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. I feel it is vital that we all work together to keep Polk County a safe, low crime county.

I am looking forward to speaking with as many of you as I can in the weeks ahead. I will listen to your ideas and suggestions.”

Simmons closed by saying, “I am running on the Republican Party ballot and I would sincerely appreciate your consideration during the March 2016 Primary Election.

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