I recently corresponded with Mike Worrell, newly appointed Sheriff of Pulaski County, to find out more about him as a person and his plans for the administration of his department. Mike was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some of the questions I had for him. Based on his responses, I believe the immediate future of Pulaski County law enforcement is in very capable and competent hands:
For the citizens of Pulaski County who may not know you, tell us about yourself and your experience in law enforcement.
“I have lived my entire life in Pulaski County. A 1991 graduate of Pulaski County High School, I continued my education and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 1996. My career with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office began in 1997, first as a communications officer, then moving to the patrol division. I served several years in the Criminal Investigations Division and was also a member of the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. I have served as a patrol supervisor, as a Corporal and as a Sergeant. I was later promoted to Captain and then to Major. During these 20 years I have had experience in every facet of the department.”
“My family is very important to me. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Wendy, for 21 years. We have two sons: Bryson, 12 years, and Bryant, 15 years of age. Both are students in Pulaski County Schools. We are members of Dublin Christian Church. Wendy is a nurse at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center where she has worked in labor and delivery for 20+ years. We are also small business owners of Thyme to Grow Greenhouse in Dublin. As vested members of Pulaski County, I take seriously the success, growth and security for all its citizens.”
You’re the first new Sheriff in Pulaski County in two decades. Are there any major changes coming to the department under your administration?
“I do not foresee any major changes in the near future. We have a great department that is built on professionalism and integrity. We will continue to serve the citizens of Pulaski County in that manner.”
“In time I would like to implement a citizens Police academy program. This type of program would allow citizens the opportunity to learn what deputies face on a daily basis. I want to create a partnership with the community.”
What are some of the biggest challenges your department currently faces in the county, and what are your plans for dealing with them?
“One of the challenges that we face is hiring. This is not a problem that is unique to our department, this is something that law enforcement agencies nationwide are dealing with. Fewer people are choosing law enforcement as a career. There is no quick fix to for this issue. We as a department will continue to make this a desirable place to work, and the administration will continue to hire the most qualified applicants. We have had the good fortune over the last year or so to hire a couple of individuals who would only apply with us. Their desire was to be part of a professional department and serve the citizens of Pulaski County.”