Deputy Mahan: College, Career and Community


Deputy First Class Joseph Mahan, 22, is fulfilling his life’s dream in law enforcement. His drive and passion are unique, and he credits his family and faith for the opportunity to do what he loves.

” I couldn’t ask for better parents, their constant love and guidance has made me who I am today,” stated Mahan.

Mahan, the son of JoAnn and Martin Mahan, is a native of Greenwood. He is a current student at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith and is majoring in criminal justice. He currently has 90 hours towards his bachelors degree, and is balancing school with his job as a deputy at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.

“I have been very interested in Law Enforcement my entire life,” added Mahan. “I’ve always had a passion to help and protect others, I love being a servant and I believe I can make a difference in people’s lives through law enforcement.”

Mahan, who works for the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, admits he’s had many opportunities to grow with experience in knowledge. He recognizes current Sheriff Hobe Runion for giving him those opportunities.

“I am very lucky to be apart of such a proactive agency that is willing to help employees grow. I chose the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office because I’ve always wanted to be apart of something bigger than ‘just a job.’ This agency is a networking family from jail deputies, to bailiffs, to dispatchers and patrol. This agency is also known by honor and integrity. I’ve always strived to live a honorable life and I was raised to have integrity in everything I do. The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office has given me the resources to be that difference in people’s lives.”

Beyond his commitment to his family, school and career, Mahan finds strength and encouragement in his faith. He attends Chaffee Crossing Community Church and is motivated through God’s Word. “I feel that I am in a great position to influence and help so many people. Law enforcement in general sees all walks of life and is such a rewarding career. I’ve always had a desire to protect and serve the people I care about. Honestly, I just fell in love with the work I do at the Sheriff’s Office. My motivation is knowing that every day I go to work is another chance I have to change somebody’s life,” Mahan added. There is a particular scripture he says inspires him: Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

Mahan commented that he doesn’t have many hobbies, mainly because he loves his job so much. But, when he has the opportunity, he enjoys hunting and working out.

In the future, Mahan wishes to continue growing within the sheriff’s office. “I love working in the community along side such great deputies. I would like to move up through patrol and I have a passion to work on the S.W.A.T team.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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