It is not unusual for me to have the opportunity to visit with representatives of our sheriff’s office, both Sebastian and Scott. I have to say it’s been an amazing experience on both sides of the county.
Today I was speaking with Captain Pevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. He, like several others, including Deputy Mike Burcham, Chief Deputy Kevin Nickson and Sheriff Runion himself, have been wonderful to work with.
When I first interviewed Runion, I dubbed him “the People’s Sheriff,” and time after time, he’s proven that to be true. I have witnessed, on several occasions, each one of these fine gentleman being advocates for the citizens in their county.
Similarly, Scott County Sheriff Randy Shores always makes time to return a call or text, and in a timely manner.
I’ve been on the flip side of the equation, wondering when I’ll get a confirmation or call back. That makes it difficult to get the news reported in a timely, and accurate manner.
One thing about it, and I have told each of them, their safety and the citizen’s safety always comes first. I always want to be as respectful and courteous as they have surely been to me!
Several of our local departments are quite the same, and I appreciate the cooperation and efforts that come from them as well.
I’ve always said that it makes my job easier when everyone realizes that the press can actually work for you, not against. Trust and confidence, it goes a long way in this business!