Monday night at midnight Kelley Cradduck will be sworn in as Benton County Sheriff. Shortly after, deputies will be commissioned, followed by the commissioning of the Chaplain Division of the department.
When Kelley ran for sheriff the first time, he asked me to serve has his Chief Chaplain if he won. Ditto the second, and the third time when he was successful in his bid as the county’s chief law enforcement officer. Since his election I have been working with others to put together the BCSO Chaplain team. I am excited that we have a great team ready to work on the law enforcement side. All of the chaplains who served with me recently at RPD are committed to serve the BCSO team, and they all have proven track records as very competent. Additionally, I have asked current BCSO Chaplain Norman Hamby to remain. And Bella Vista Chaplain Bob Box, the only other ICPC Certified Police Chaplain in the county, will be on the team also. Completing the initial team is Chaplain Jo Jones, who has extensive experience in corporate and hospital chaplaincy.
The Chaplain Division will also provide administrative leadership of the Benton County Fire Services chaplain program. Current Siloam Springs Fire Department Chaplain Tim Estes has agreed to serve the Benton County Fire Chaplain ministry. Chief Fire Chaplain Dave Hadsell is actively recruiting others to join the county fire chaplain ministry.
Though I’m excited about the new opportunity at BCSO, I’ll miss my direct involvement at Rogers. To my old friends at RPD and my new friends at BCSO (some of whom are old friends from RPD!), my best wishes to you for a safe, prosperous New Year.