Friday evening the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department held their annual Christmas dinner at the Cleburne County Baptist Church. Pastor Mike Stanley, of Friendship Baptist Church in Highland, who also serves as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission C-1 District Chaplain was the guest speaker. Stanley told the officers how important what they do every day is and the example they set for others. He encouraged them not to let the job get them down.

After Stanley spoke, Sheriff Chris Brown recognized the two retiring officers, Deputy Don Sims and Deputy Floyd Guynes. Sims gave an emotional talk about his many years under different Sheriff’s. Guynes startedhis career in Lee County in 1993. Sims started his career on January 1, 1969.

Brown then announced the Jailer of the Year, Jennifer Chapman and after explaining that while he and Jail Administrator Alan Roberson chose the Deputy of the quarter throughout the year, the Deputy of the Year is chosen by their peers. Brown then revealed Lt. Jeff Bittle as the Deputy of the Year.

All were given an engraved plaque and a Christmas decor gift, made by Dawn Teer of The Sun Times.

A special appearance was made by Santa Claus who heard the children’s requests and took pictures with the children.

Congratulations to Chapman and Bittle and Happy Retirement to Sims and Guynes.