The Benham City Council heard the first monthly report from the new police chief at a meeting on Thursday.
The city promoted former Benham City Police Officer Ryan Shepherd to chief approximately one month ago when former chief Drew Woods resigned.
Shepherd began his career in law enforcement approximately four years ago.
“I was in the class 443 at the academy,” Shepherd said. “It was 18 weeks of training. After that I’ve just been working. It’s a constant learning curve, you learn something new every day.”
Shepherd said he feels honored to have been chosen as chief.
“I’m going to deeply miss Drew,” Shepherd said, referring to the former chief. “He was a very good teacher and an outstanding leader.”
Shepherd was sworn in as chief during the council’s February meeting.
“I’m proud to serve this community,” Shepherd said. “This is a beautiful town. The people are more like family, I’m really thankful and lucky to be able to serve a city with people as kind and nice as the folks here.”
The council also discussed “Project Help,” which has been in the works for a number of months and is ready to begin.
Project Help was conceived by council member Patsy McKechnie.
City Clerk Jessica Smith passed out a letter to be sent out by the city for the council’s approval.
“This letter is to inform the former alumni and current citizens that the city of Benham is gearing up with a new program called Project Help,” Smith read from the letter. “Project Help is a fund that’s been created to help Benham with projects that need to be completed in the city that the city currently does not have the funding to complete.”
The letter points out the downturn in the economy has caused people to leave Benham in order to find work as jobs leave the area.
“The city needs your help,” continued Smith. “Any donation that could be made will be greatly appreciated.”
After hearing the letter, the council approved mailing it out.
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