BY MELANIE BUCK –
Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey has been honored and named as Legislative Chairman on the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association Executive Board. As Legislative Chair, Sheriff Godfrey will be the liaison between the Association and the Arkansas State Legislature.
According to The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association website, the Association “supports the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment rights of our citizens. We recognize the recent increase in violence and mass shootings have raised questions relating to the sale and possession of firearms. The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association further believes that we must hold offenders responsible, not law abiding citizens.
The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association does support enforcement of the existing gun laws and the strengthening of current background checks, including identifying individuals with mental health issues. The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association does not support legislation that restricts current gun possession and current gun sales to our citizens that weakens our 2nd Amendment Rights.”
The Association also conducts Project A.R.K. (At Risk Kids) for kids in K-3rd grade and P.O.W.E.R. (Positive Outlook With Educational Resources) for 4th-6th grade with PC the Patrol Car to teach drug prevention throughout the state. In addition, they have Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches that center around taking trouble kids and helping them to become “socially and financially prepared for independence and have stable employment,” even keeping some teens through post-secondary education.
The Executive Board is made up of 9 Sheriffs from around the state that represent citizens’ constitutional rights. The term length for positions on the board last one year, however at the end of that year, the Sheriffs move up one position until they become President of the Board.
Sheriff Godfrey stated, “It is truly an honor to be elected to this position and represent the Sheriffs’ Association. It’s been something I’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t do in my first term. But now, in my second term, I’ll be able to delegate more responsibilities to my deputies.”