By JR Krueger
For The Holyoke Enterprise 

PC Sheriff's Office fully staffed with addition of Wieland and Torres


August 24, 2023

(Courtesy photos)

UNDERSHERIFF Jack Wieland, at right, is sworn in by Phillips County Sheriff Michael Beard on June 1 in the courtroom at Phillips County Court House.

Following a period of staff turnover combined with a challenging workforce shortage, the Phillips County Sheriff's Office is currently at full peace officer staffing with the sheriff, undersheriff and two deputies. The latest staff members to be sworn in by Sheriff Michael Beard are Undersheriff Jack Wieland, on June 1, and Deputy Emali Torres, on June 12.

Carrying vacant positions in law enforcement agencies is particularly challenging because of the length of time it takes to complete the certification coursework and the on-the-job field training. If a person without prior peace offic...

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