CCSD Receives Grant For New Vehicle

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Those present for a General Improvement Fund grant presentation to the Clay County Sheriff's Department Friday at the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott were, from left: Marvin Exum, John Andrews, Sen. Robert Thompson, Sheriff Geral McClung, Deputy Michael Beasley and Sheriff-elect Terry Miller. The $23,000 grant will go toward the purchase of a new CCSD vehicle.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department is planning to purchase a new patrol vehicle thanks in large part to a $23,000 grant received through the Fiscal Year 2015 Arkansas General Improvement Funds Grant Program. The grant will cover the bulk of the expense with additional funding likely coming from the county.

"This grant will be a significant help in allowing the sheriff's department to purchase a new vehicle," Sheriff Gerald McClung said. "This grant will help keep our deputies out in the county with reliable vehicles so they can do their jobs to protect the people of this county. We are extremely grateful for this grant and want to thank everyone involved."

The grant was awarded to the Clay County Sheriff's Department through a partnership of the Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission. The funds were presented to Sheriff McClung Friday at the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott by John Andrews, director of the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and Marvin Exum of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission. CCSD deputy Michael Beasley served as grant writer for the department with Sen. Robert Thompson lending his support in the effort to secure available funds.

"I want to acknowledge the efforts of Deputy Michael Beasley and Sen. Thompson," McClung said. "Deputy Beasley works on all of the grants our department seeks, and he does an outstanding job. Sen. Thompson has assisted us with a number of grants through the years. Grants like this mean a lot to a small county like ours. We appreciate Mr. Andrews and Mr. Exum for the work they do in helping counties and communities like ours."

McClung welcomed sheriff-elect Terry Miller of Corning to the presentation. McClung and Miller have been working together for months in order to make the transition as smooth as possible once Miller takes office in January.

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