Dell's new Chief of Police, Bud Moxley, is no stranger to law enforcement. Chief Moxley has almost 15 years of experience serving as deputy sheriff with Craighead County and regional officer for the Alcohol Beverage Control Agency as well as working part-time at the city of Leachville.
Moxley is a graduate of the Arkansas State Police Academy in Camden, is certified in firearms, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, drug enforcement, death and rape investigation and chemical testing, among other things.
He had been out of law enforcement since 2000.
"Law enforcement is something that is hard to get away from. It is a profession I know. I'd rather be here trying to help people as anything else I could be doing," Moxley said.
Moxley assumed his duties at Dell on Oct. 31.
"My sister saw an ad for the position in a municipal league magazine and told me about it. I came to Dell and talked to Mayor Kenny Jackson and I liked what I heard. There is a good Christian city council and mayor here. The people of the community have welcomed me with open arms. The girls in the office have been great to work with. In the short time I have been here I have fallen in love with these people.
"The mayor is in favor of my Christian ministry and I will continue with my prison ministry and gospel singing. This is a God sent job for me," Moxley said.
Dell has a part-time officer, Terry Treadway, who works full time at the Mississippi County jail. Moxley said he is proud to have him.
"The highway through here is busy and I will try to keep the road and community as safe as I can. I know that I can always depend on county officers, the Blytheville and Manila police officers and the state patrolmen if I need them.
"I'm going to do what is right even when it is not popular. I've always been that way, and in the long run, it is the best way," Moxley said.