February 06, 2008 Edition

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Sheriff seeks third term



Lawrence County Sheriff Dan Ellison announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to a third term as sheriff in the May Democratic primary.

Ellison said that his main priority as sheriff has been and will continue to be the pursuit of any and all meth dealers.

"I intend to keep up the pressure," he said. "I don't have to tell anyone what a scourge meth is, and we all know the close connection between drugs and theft. My goal has been and always will be to put drug dealers and thieves ~ destroyers of people and communities ~ out of business. I don't intend to let these people win in Lawrence County."

"With the help of new state laws limiting accessibility to drug ingredients and with the constant pressure my office has put on drug dealers, we have seen an approximate 80 percent reduction of methamphetamine labs in Lawrence County," Ellison continued. "The destruction of illegal drug labs in this county is not accidental. As the chief law enforcement officer of Lawrence County, the office of sheriff is the centralizing agency for all law enforcement in the county.

"I have worked in a cooperative manner with all city, state and federal enforcement authorities and this has been a big help. I cannot emphasize enough that drug eradication takes the cooperation of many people and agencies working together.

"A couple other things I would like to mention is that Lawrence County now has an excellent communications and 911 system. We are presently working to upgrade our 911 system to phase two, which will allow our dispatchers to pinpoint cellular phone locations. This will be a great service for people. We have also purchased a mobile disaster unit, which has been approved for federal funds for equipping the unit. This unit will be used for such things as floods, train wrecks, tornadoes or any other major disaster."

Ellison is an active member in and serves on the board of the Arkansas Sheriff's Association. He worked with the association to pass the meth check law, a law which now gives law enforcement agencies information access to over the legal limit purchases of ephedrine, and the law that put ephedrine products behind the pharmacy counter.

He has been in law enforcement and law enforcement administration his entire adult life. He is a native of Lawrence County. He was born and raised in Portia and graduated from Clover Bend High School.

"It is my privilege to serve the citizens of Lawrence County and to serve as your sheriff," he said. "I ask you for your continued support in the May election."

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