November 04, 2015 Edition

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Thatcher to run for sheriff

David "Richy" Thatcher of Walnut Ridge has announced his intention to be a candidate for Lawrence County Sheriff in the 2016 Democratic Primary.

A life-long resident of Lawrence County, he was born in Alicia and moved to Walnut Ridge after graduating from Walnut Ridge High School. He began his career in law enforcement 15 years ago as a reserve officer and patrolman for the Walnut Ridge Police Department, as well as a part-time patrolman for Black Rock and Hoxie, and patrolman and patrol sergeant for the Cherokee Village Police Department in Sharp County.

In 2011, Thatcher began serving as chief of police for the Walnut Ridge Police Department, overseeing eight fulltime officers, including a K9 unit. As chief, he also worked with school administration at Walnut Ridge to establish a school resource officer, managed a six-figure budget, and aided with the development of the new police complex.

In addition to his experience in law enforcement, Thatcher has also worked with emergency services.

"I have worked with AET Ambulance, spent two years working at the Lawrence County Communications Center as a 911 dispatcher and spent time as a part-time firefighter with the Walnut Ridge Fire Department," said Thatcher.

"As a member of the community, I also took great pride volunteering for several years with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help raise money to grant wishes for well-deserving kids."

Thatcher continued, "As a proud Lawrence County citizen, Sherri and I have taken great pride raising our two amazing daughters, Makayla and Candice, in Lawrence County. Our daughters both graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and, as a family, we have great memories residing in this tight-knit community.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving Lawrence County as your sheriff. I have the experience and knowledge to increase transparency, create an open-door policy for the people of this great community and increase the coverage and visibility of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

"With your support, together we can make a greater Lawrence County. I thank you in advance for your support."

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