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Farewell Receptions for Three Departing Deputies

Three long time employees of the Union County Sheriff's Office have recently left the department.

Capt. Clark Burton began with the department as a Reserve Deputy in 2001. From there, he was hired on as a full time deputy and moved up the ranks from road deputy, to criminal investigator, to chief deputy, and left the department as Captain of the Criminal Investigative Division. Capt. Burton has spent 11 years with the department and has spent countless hours in serving the people of Union County.

Investigator Steven Vestal begain as a detention officer in the Jail Division in 2001, also. Inv. Vestal, through years of hard work and dedication, also was promoted through the ranks to transport and court security officer, to road deputy, and finally as a criminal investigator. Investigator Vestal is a highly trained investigator and has also spent countless hours, nights, and weekends working cases and serving the people of this county. His contributions and efforts have led to a high number of arrests and convictions over his years in CID, and in his 11 years of overall service.

Lt. James "Bull" Bishop began his law enforcement career as a street officer with the El Dorado Police Department before coming to work for Union County. He has been a shift commander several times during his total of 14 years of service, and has left at various times to run the School-In-School program in the early 2000's, as well as other activities, but has always come back to the Sheriff's Office. Lt. Bishop has tremendous leadership abilities which has allowed him to climb back up to the rank of lieutenant each time he has returned. For 14 years, Lt. Bishop has strived to make Union County a safe place to live for so many.

We understand the need at times to do what is best for ourselves and for our families, and understand those reasons when saying farewell to three dedicated employees. Sheriff Mike McGough and his deputies wish James Bishop, Steven Vestal, and Clark Burton the best of luck in their future endeavors. All three deputies will be missed.
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