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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Scott County New Hires Focused on Community


Three of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office newest deputies come with fresh ideas and willing hearts to serve. Sheriff Randy Shores couldn’t be more pleased, either!

Jerrod Armstrong, who graduated from the academy in the spring, is a native of Scott County. He was hired in June, and has three and a half years experience in law enforcement. Armstrong also has experience as a jailor, and dispatcher.

Armstrong said, “we have a fresh department, a great group of guys and great leadership. I look forward to serving the residents of Waldron and Scott County.”

Ethan Millard, 29, graduated from the academy on July 26. He is a Waldron native and is relatively new to law enforcement. “When I was 18, I was going to enlist in the military, but it didn’t work out,” shared Millard. “I felt drawn into this, it’s definitely a God thing for me to be where I am.”

Millard serves to ensure that the area remains the safe and protected place in which he grew up. “I want the citizens to know we’ve got their back, and were in this together.”

Although Millard’s faith was the guiding force behind his decision to join the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Christ is the center of his life. In fact, according to Millard, he and his wife pray together before every shift.

Deputy Kyle Shelby was brought on in May. Although he isn’t from this area, he has the small town heart and passion for the work he does.

Shelby, originally from Kirby, AR, moved to Waldron looking for career advancement. He served on the Glenwood Police Department part time just prior to the move. He has family roots in law enforcement, both on a local and state level.

“It’s all about helping the people and making a difference in the community,” explained Shelby. “I like the excitement of the job, you never know what you will be called out for…I never feel like it’s work, this is a career. I am doing what I really love doing.”

He credits Billy Carnahan, D.J. Pyles and Sheriff Shores for giving him an opportunity to serve. He will be attending ALETA in September.

The newest deputy, Jimmy Oswald, 51, has been with the department approximately two months. He will be going to the academy in January of 2020. Oswald viewed joining the department as a “second chance at life.”

Oswald underwent open heart surgery a year and a half ago, and that experience changed him. “I believe that God puts you in a place where you need to be, if you allow Him,” added Oswald. “I wouldn’t even be here in this job if it wasn’t for Him.”

He has a community policing mindset, and hopes to be a positive role model. “I see this as a way to help many different people. When it comes down to it, I just want to make a difference.

Sheriff Shores is well-pleased with his entire department, and looks forward to continuing the service to the citizens of Scott County.

Scott County Deputy Jerrod Armstrong
Scott County Deputy Jimmy Oswald

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