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Moody named new Chief Deputy Sheriff of Independence County

Aaron Moody of Desha has been named the new Chief Deputy Sheriff of Independence County by Sheriff Shawn Stephens.

Moody is a 2009 Southside High graduate and has quite a history of advancement in local law enforcement, according to Stephens.

moodyIndependence County Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Moody / Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Dept.

Moody began his career as a Vital Link EMS dispatcher.  Then in September of 2011, Aaron went to work for the sheriff’s department at the Independence County Detention Center. He quickly went to shift corporal, and then to court bailiff and transport officer.

Moody continued his education at Black River Technical College and upon graduation went to work as a sheriff’s department patrol deputy.  He also started work on his Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at ASU-Newport, graduating in June of 2016.

Moody completed the Field Training Officer course in Basic Crisis Negotiations the same year.  In 2017, Moody completed the Certified Fire Investigation School at the Arkansas Fire Academy in Camden.

This year, he has completed several law enforcement courses including Instructor Development, Investigative Interviewing, and Advanced Interrogation, and the Firearms Instructor course.

Mooy holds two national certifications:  Basic Crisis Negotiations and Certified Fire Investigation, and he is a life-long resident of Independence County.  When not on duty, he enjoys working on the farm and as a member of the Desha Volunteer Fire Department.  He also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Micah, and her daughter Lucia.

The position of Chief Deputy has remained open since the sudden passing of Chief Deputy Jeff Sims.  He passed away earlier this year as the result of a heart condition.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens said last week he decided to promote from within his department and has spent a great deal of time evaluating current personnel to decide who would be the best fit in the position.

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