By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Lee County Sheriff’s Department welcomed new deputies to the team on Monday.
Rachel Chambers, Drew Chisholm and Dan Gale were all sworn in as sheriff’s deputies, and Brad Horton and Matthew Wesson were sworn in as reserve deputies at the Justice Center on Monday morning.
Sgt. Jason Putt was promoted from the rank of corporal, and Cpl. Sam Riley was promoted from the rank of deputy.
Retiring officer Cary Gaddy also was honored at the ceremony.
“Remember your training, always; remember the law; remember the public you serve,” Judge James Roberts told the officers before swearing them in. “Law enforcement is the thread that holds an ordered society together.”
Surrounded by family, Chambers was sworn in as the first woman to graduate from the law enforcement academy under Sheriff Jim Johnson’s tenure.
The public is already familiar with Chambers, as she’s also served as an information officer for the department.
“Now I’ll be in their element instead of them in mine,” Chambers said of the public she swore to serve.
She officially begins next week during the July 4th holiday.
“I really want to be good enough so the guys can depend on me, the way I depend on them. I don’t want to let anybody down,” she said.
Wesson, an opthalmologist at Wesson & Mothershed Eye Center, recently graduated from the International School of Tactical Medicine in Palm Springs, Calif., which trains medics for SWAT teams. Wesson is now a medical back-up for the sheriff’s department’s team.
The school was “intense, but it was a lot of fun,” he said. “I’m really excited about it.”
Johnson welcomed the new deputies to the team and congratulated the promotions.
“We are so proud of these men and women,” he said. “I know they’ll do the job well.”