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’s Department. Sheriff Neal has exemplified professionalism throughout his Law Enforcement career.
He leads a team here at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department that consists of a Chief Deputy and three Deputy Sheriffs, plus a support staff.
Sheriff Neal worked for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission for seven years prior to taking over as Sheriff.
On May 20, 2010 he encountered a situation where he knew he had to make a split-second decision. In a Wal Mart parking lot near Interstate-40 in West Memphis, AR, he located two gunmen who had just shot two Police Officers. He recognized the threat and immediately knew he had to react, and quickly! To prevent these dangerous criminals from escaping, he rammed his state vehicle into their van, disabling the van. Sheriff Neal states he is sworn to Serve and Protect, so he made the decision to take the fight to them, and the gun battle began.
Officer Neal believed his quick actions saved lives. He also brushed off the injuries he sustained as minor.
Sheriff Neal received national recognition for his heroic actions. The National Rifle Association (NRA) named him their 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. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) named International Officer of the Year during their 2010 Conference in Chicago
Our Sheriff Neal received the Congressional Medal of Valor on February 20,2013.