Monroe County's Commander in Chief is Sheriff Michael K. Neal. He has worked as a volunteer fire fighter for the city of Brinkley, Ar. He also worked as an auxiliary Deputy for Monroe County Sheriff Department, who has exemplified professionalism through out his law enforcement career.
He leads a team here at the Monroe County Sheriff Department that consists of a Chief, Deputy and three Deputy Sheriffs and his support staff.
Officer Neal, worked for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission for seven years.
On May 20, 2010 he encountered a situation where he knew he had to make a split second decision, on Wal Mart parking lot off I-40 in West Memphis, Ar. Officer Neal believe with his quick actions lives were savaged, he recognized the threat and knew at that time he had to react and quickly.
He rammed his state vehicle into a van and took on two gunmen that had taken down two police officers. Sheriff Neal, says they are sword to serve and protect, so then and there he made the quick decision to take the fight to them, and a gun battle began.
He termed his injuries as minor.
Sheriff Neal, has been recognized for his heroic action. The National Rifle Association named him as the 2010 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the year, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) selected him as its Officer of the Month for October 2010. In Chicago during IACP he was named International Officer of the Year.
Our Sheriff Neal, received the congressional Metal of Valor February 20,2013.