Cook announces for 3rd term
BLYTHEVILLE - Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said Wednesday he will seek re-election in the May 2014 Democratic primary.
Cook, who was elected in 2010, said he wants to continue working on the goals he has set forth, concentrating on illegal drugs and thefts.
"Illegal drug and theft arrest remain my top priorities," Cook said. "Mississippi County Sheriffs Department along with the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force have investigated and arrested many low to top level individuals manufacturing, transporting and distributing illegal drugs.
"We have new detention center and courtroom security measures including video equipment. We have added new equipment for our officers' safety including protective vests, tasers, tint meters, digital cameras, and radios. By the end of April we will have added 24 new patrol vehicles to our fleet making it safer for our deputies to patrol Mississippi County and better protect and serve our citizens.
"We are currently working with Rivercrest School District to provide them with a school resource officer to make it safer for the students and faculty of Rivercrest.
"I have an excellent staff and a group of leaders that I can delegate authority to. The success of our department is a direct result of hard work, diligence and dedication by the staff at the Sheriffs Department. We will continue to protect and serve the citizens of Mississippi County by providing a higher level of dedication, diligence and professionalism. The citizens of Mississippi County deserve nothing less. I have an open door policy at the Sheriffs Department and we welcome your input as citizens of Mississippi County. It has been a distinct honor serving as your sheriff."
Cook and his wife Melissa have three children and one grandchild.