Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond was presented with a framed certificate on Thursday morning by Terry Beas of the Sedalia Career Center recognizing his department’s hiring of US veterans for his workforce.
Sheriff Bond said he currently has 10 members of the US Armed Forces working for him at the Sheriff’s Office, both full and part-time employees.
The Show-Me Heroes program, started about five years ago by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, promotes good relationships between the employer and the citizen-soldier. Through the program, which Bond began participating in about three years ago, veterans and former military personnel are considered for open positions that may be available in a company’s workforce.
Bond graciously accepted the Flag of Freedom award and quickly thanked Dave Keller and Sam Hargrave of the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Presiding Commissioner John Meehan and Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada for their active participation and direct contact with county employees.
He called upon Corrections Officer Shannon Balver and Deputy Nick Gooch to share the moment with him during the presentation, attended by several county employees in the Commissioners’ Chambers. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.