Sheriff elect Jim Arnott has announced that the Greene County Sheriff's Department will now by known as the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

Arnott says he made the name change because, "I felt compelled to do this as it is truly the office of the sheriff that the citizens vote for."

In addition to the name change, 200 deputies will get some new hardware to carry. Arnott said, "several hundred badges have to be repaired a year and the company that re-plates the deputies badges at $38 a pop offered to replace all of them for $45 each with a three year warranty on them."

Arnott also unveiled a new mobile command post, a piece of equipment that is valued at over $200,000.00. The sheriff's office was able to purchase the vehicle thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

A federal grant has allowed the sheriff's office to put new logos on their vehicles. "The other logo just wasn't reflective enough," according to Arnott.

On the campaign trail Arnott made a pledge to restructure staff “without having to promote or demote.” He made good on that promise today announcing the elimination of the office he now holds, Chief Deputy, and the jail director title.

Arnott announced that he has appointed two deputies to the position of major; they are:

Phil Corcoran has been appointed to Major of Operations. Corcoran is a 15 year veteran of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department. He has served as aPatrol Deputy, Patrol Corporal, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain of Criminal Investigations.

Kevin Spaulding has been appointed to Major of Support. Spaulding began his career with the Greene County Sheriff's Department in 1987 as a patrolman, working his way up the ranks to patrol Sergeant and then detective. He left the GCSD in 1995 to take a position as Chief Deputy at the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Spaulding returned to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department shortly after Sheriff Jack Merritt was elected as reserve patrolman.
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Press Release

I will be holding a press conference at the Springfield Fire Station#6/Springfield Police South District Station on West Battlefield at 3:00 PM on Monday, December 29th 2008. If weather is good, we will be holding the conference in the driveway of the station on the east side. I would like to announce some changes that will be made at the Greene County Sheriff's Department in 2009. I will also be unveiling the Mobile Command Post, a piece of equipment that is valued at over $200,000.00, that was awarded to the department through a grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

The name of the department has been changed to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. I felt compelled to do this as it is truly the office of the sheriff that the citizens vote for. I will also be unveiling the badge that will be worn by all deputies in 2009, along with a change in logos on the cars.

As stated in my campaign, one of the first things that I wanted to accomplish was a restructuring of the staff, to give me the ability to move staff around to various divisions within the sheriff’s office, without having to promote or demote. This gives me the ability to place deputies in the areas that they serve best.

In my reorganization, I eliminated the Jail Director and the Chief Deputy positions. I formed two positions with the title of Major. They will oversee the Operations/Support areas of the Sheriff’s Office.

Phil Corcoran has been appointed to Major of Operations. Phil is a 15 year veteran of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department. He has served as a Patrol Deputy, Patrol Corporal, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain of Criminal Investigations. Captain Corcoran has attended numerous law enforcement training and is a graduate of the DEA Drug Unit Commander School in Quantico Virginia, these are among his many accomplishments.

Kevin Spaulding has been appointed to Major of Support. Kevin started his career with the Greene County Sheriff's Department in 1987 as a patrolman.Kevin was promoted to Patrol Sergeant then to Detective. In 1995, he took a position as Chief Deputy at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Kevin left law enforcement and pursued small business ownership. He returned to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department shortly after Sheriff Merritt took office as reserve patrolman. In 2008 he returned to full time status in the Civil Division and was promoted to Sergeant of Administrative Services later this year.

Jim C. Arnott, Sheriff Elect

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