Phillips County Sheriff Neal Byrd greeted members of the Helena Kiwanis Club and went on to honor Deputy Christopher Hellums and gave a brief update on the jail construction at the club's regularly scheduled meeting held at the Helena Country Club Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

"I would like to take the opportunity to say Good afternoon to all the members of the Kiwanis Club," said Sheriff Byrd. "We have a nominee today and we would like to take time to share with you that he is a person that is very prompt, always on time for work. He is very dedicated to his job. He gets out there and allows people to know what his duties are. That he is here to protect and serve the community as he has sworn to do each day in and out."

"We truly would like to thank him," said Byrd. "Our nominee today is married to Jane Hellums and they have three children. He is a very dedicated father. He does so much with his family, with his children. I think we truly need fathers that take time to give direction and to take the opportunity to direct our young people the way that they need to grow up and be responsible people. He does a good job at that."

Hellums started his career in law enforcement in 2008 at the Helena West Helena Police Department where he attended the Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2010. He graduated with honors at the top of his class. During his career with the police department he was promoted from patrol division to the K-9 division which was under my supervision. In 2011 and 2013 he served as K-9 officer.

"He then left there and followed me to the Phillips County Sheriff's Office," said Byrd. "I am truly glad to have him aboard. I give to you our nominee for this afternoon, Christopher Hellums."

Kiwanis President Lynn Chadwick presented Hellums with a certificate of recognition.

"Thank you for having me out here," said Hellums. "I appreciate you guys and your appreciation for us and what we do. Thank you."

Sheriff Byrd was asked by Chadwick if there was anything new going on in the jail situation.

"Where we are at now with the jail situation," said Byrd. "I spoke with Judge Hall a couple of weeks ago. Everything is pretty much going as planned. The only thing we are doing is waiting for the weather to become clear and I think probably around the end of the year we should be breaking ground for construction. And we are very excited about that."