Ark. sheriff-elect defends staffing decisions

ASHDOWN, Ark. (AP) - Little River County Sheriff-elect Gary Gregory says 9 members on the current sheriff's staff who not be retained will be replaced with personnel he has "confidence in being true and faithful to the citizens."

Seven deputies, a transport deputy and the chief dispatcher were notified by letter on Dec. 21 they would not be retained. Outgoing Sheriff Danny Russell - who did not seek re-election - said Gregory was dismissing dedicated and experienced employees.

Gregory said in a letter to the Texarkana Gazette ( ) that his staff will be ready to work and provide the best law enforcement and customer service to county residents.

Gregory says he understands the disappointment of the employees who are not being retained - but says he can't please everyone.

Gregory takes office Jan. 1.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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