Sheriff excited to welcome Wall, Uno to force
By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County’s deputy sheriff force will grow by two today.
Not only did county supervisors, during their meeting Thursday, approve the hiring of David T. Wall as a deputy sheriff, but Wall is a K9 handler and will be bringing “Uno,” his multi-purpose, five-year-old German shepherd police dog with him, as reported in yesterday’s edition of The News.
A multi-purpose canine, County Sheriff Rich McNamee said, is trained to track lost and missing people or articles and is also a narcotics and safety animal.
The county sheriff’s office has had a canine officer in the past but had been without one since 2012, McNamee added.
Payment of $3,000 for the canine and related equipment will come from forfeiture money seized from drug dealers and collected by the sheriff’s office.
Wall formerly worked in the Henry County Jail from 2008-2010. He is originally from the Burlington area and graduated from West Burlington High School and then attended St. Ambrose University.
He was in the U.S. Army Reserve as a military police officer from 2007-2013, serving a tour of duty in Iraq. Following his stint at the Henry County Jail, he joined the Fairfield Police Department in 2010 and was promoted to sergeant and K9 handler.
McNamee said he is anxious to welcome Wall and Uno to the force. “We have hired a really good deputy. I felt a canine would be a good addition to the department. It was a great opportunity to get a good deputy and canine. I think we got the canine at a bargain price.”
Supervisor Gary See said he is glad to see the county will be getting a canine. “I think he will be excellent.”
During their meeting, the supervisors also had the second reading on an amended ordinance deescribing the general relief program. The revised ordinance basically clears up some language in the ordinance.
A liquor license also was approved for the Deerwood Golf Course near New London.
Supervisors meet again in regular session Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9 a.m., in the Henry County Courthouse.