Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens and his deputies were sworn back into office on January 1, renewing each officer’s commission for another year since they serve under an elected official.
The commission also renews each officer’s right to make arrests in the county and allows for pursuit, if a pursuit takes them out of jurisdiction.
Batesville Chief of Police Alan Cockrill and his officers did not have to renew their commissions. Since Cockrill is appointed to office by the city government, his initial commission, along with his officers, continues as long as he serves in his capacity.
Stone County Sheriff Lance Bonds and his deputies were also sworn in and commissioned on January 1 for another year. The sheriff’s department also commissioned a new Chief Deputy, Zack Alexander.
Mountain View Chief of Police, B.J. Day and his officers continue under their original commissions for another year.
Izard County had swearing in ceremonies and commissions on January 1 for its new Sheriff Earnie Blackley. Blackley was the county’s Chief Deputy and was elected Sheriff in a landslide November election. Blackley has chosen Charles Melton to serve as his Chief Deputy.
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