Interviewed by Investigations.LA: Retired, Captain & Interim Chief of Police, Mike McCormick of the Hot Springs Police Department is the top pick for the position of Sheriff for the Garland County Sheriff’s Department in the State of Arkansas! His choice to step up as an independent candidate for the position of Sheriff just proves his willingness and bravery to serve the citizens of Garland County. Remember, Mike has already served as a veteran police officer for 30 years protecting people from evildoers in life. He brings not only professionalism but practical experience to the table along with a pedigree of vast police assignments. He possesses the social skills, high education and disposition to deal with people on a down to earth level and moreover, he possesses love for Garland County is in his heart.
I interviewed Mike over the phone earlier today and boy was I excited. He is very intelligent and was a great listener, which in my opinion is just one sign of a great leader! Mike said he is ready to serve the community as Garland County Sheriff and is eager to work with the Quorum Court and the people of Garland County. I asked Mike if he had any plans to change things once he becomes Sheriff. He said, he believes he has some great ideas but when it comes to changing things, it is best to assess the situation, listen to ideas of the deputies and other employees so that the right decisions are made. Mike said it is important he stay within budget which he will scrutinize. Resources will be prioritized so that the needs of the people of Garland County are met as efficiently as possible.
Mike wants community involvement with the GCSO and would like to implement a citizens’ police academy, which was a program he successfully initiated at the Hot Springs Police Department. Mike believes that patrol is the cornerstone of any law enforcement agency and will work hard to get more deputies on the streets of Garland County. A new $42 million detention center will be opening in Garland County after the beginning of the year.
Mike states that it is imperative that it be properly managed to reduce crime and to make Garland County a safer place to live. I asked Mike about training issues within the Garland County Sheriff’s Department. Mike said, the people of Garland County demand their deputies be the best they can be and he must institute continual training not only for deputy officer safety but for the community at large. He explained training can be expensive but he has ways of working vertically with other departments to reduce costs. Mike will expect all employees to behave professionally and in a respectful manner. He considers all GCSO employees to be a direct reflection of the Sheriff. I wished Mike good luck and told him he is supported by Los Angeles Private Investigators and we certainly endorse him for the position of Sheriff, of Garland County Arkansas….