PINAL COUNTY – Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb facilitated a discussion this week with residents, Black and Hispanic community leaders and other elected officials to discuss how the Sheriff’s Office can improve service to all residents. The open forum meeting had no schedule, and was led by residents.
Lamb’s leadership team along with other Pinal County department representatives, including Pinal County Attorney’s Office Kent Volkmer, County Supervisor Pete Rios, Mike Goodman Pinal County Supervisor District 2, District 8 Representative David Cook, Town of Florence Police Department Chief Bruce Walls, Superior Police Department Chief Frank Alanis, and Queen Creek Town Hall Mayor Gail Barney joined in the discussion.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the group discussed the issues that have come between law enforcement and the community, and how to overcome those issues for nearly 4 hours.
“We are proud of the strong relationships we have forged with our community members here in Pinal County. But we know that does not mean the work is done. We are taking this time in our American history to come together to ensure all our residents are always treated with dignity and respect,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “I feel everyone who was a part of this meeting walked away with a better understanding of the struggles and obstacles our neighbors and our law enforcement deal with every day.”
“But simply talking is not the end of our commitment to the people of Pinal County,” said Lamb. “We are taking their thoughts and recommendations to heart, and promise to use this information to make Pinal County an even better place to call home.”