Latest CCSO Citizens’ Academy class celebrates graduation

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry assists a Citizens’ Academy participant at the shooting range. (CCSO)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The latest class of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Citizens’ Academy graduated Tuesday, Oct 25.  

The academy is a nine-week journey that provides an up-close and inside look at law enforcement. 

According to the CCSO, participants hear from various speakers, participate in ridealongs, spend a day at the range, tour the detention center facility and take part in numerous other elements of law enforcement life. 

“As I have said many times, the office of the sheriff does not belong to me- it belongs to the citizens of this great county,” Sheriff Matt Gentry said. “I am so grateful for our participants and for all those who took part in providing this unique opportunity.”  

Those who graduated included: Cody Adams, Katie Adams, Jon Allcorn, Ashley Ball, Douglas Bates, Robbie Cain Bates, Jennifer Beck, Tim Beck, Gregory Bishop, Matthew Blackwood, Amber Blade, Aaron Chandler, Darren Clarke, Tracie Clarke, Jackie Ann Drake Donovan, Charlotte Ecklund, Austin Franklin, Tiffany Garrison, Glena Susan Gay, Roland Gay, Ida Lee Greer, Charles Harrison, Burean Huff, Gerald W. Johnson, Melissa Johnson, Robin Karkosh, Roberta C. Lader, Stephanie Lawson, Mark Lecroy, Connie Mize Maner, Maurice L. Maner, Bruce McLaughlin, Jim Metz, Wesley Parrish, Matthew Piper, Mary Ann Potter, Joey Ray, Charles “Glyn” Robinson, Suzanne Scheetz, Shanea Shipp, Melissa Smith, Rickie Arley Smith, Jerry C. Smith, Sr., Cynthia (Cindy) Stricklin, Mary Thomason, Kim Timmons, Alexis Wallace, Mitchell Ward, Ashley Whaley, Jamie Whaley, Tommy Wilkinson and Pam Willingham.