New Lady Sheriff Takes Reigns in Miller County

JANUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CST

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - The new sheriff of Miller County has a Rambo-style of law enforcement all her own. Linda Rambo was sworn in on New Year's Day to the position of sheriff in the western Arkansas county on the border with Texas. She says she has already begun ``breaking the ice to pieces.''

In recent days, Rambo hired her former husband to serve as chief deputy, fired three officers, and announced a new policy that doesn't allow officers to carry over compensation time. She also disagreed with the county quorum court's plans not to give pay raises to county employees this year, including those who work for the sheriff's department.

Rambo was an Arkansas State Police trooper for 25 years before retiring. She beat out three other candidates to win the sheriff's office.

She says her duty is to do the best job for the people of Miller County.

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