In support of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated $35,000 to assist with the purchase bullet-proof vests Wednesday, Oct. 2.
During a press conference hosted by the MCSO, Sheriff Phil Sims was presented a check for $17,500 from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and another check for $17,500 from Wind Creek Hospitality, which is the gaming operations for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
In honor of the donation, Sims presented three plaques that named Wind Creek Hospitality Public Relations Division Director Magi Williams, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Chief Public Safety Officer Division Director Bruce Lee and Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Chair and CEO Stephanie Bryan as honorary deputy sheriffs of the MCSO.
“We’ve had some time to spend with Sheriff Sims, and I see that he’s doing great things in this community,” Williams said. “I know that you all are proud of him and the work he’s doing here. We’re just honored to be able to partner with him.”
Since the money will be used to buy updated, bullet-proof vests for his deputies, Sims said he was grateful to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
“So, I want to sincerely thank you, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, for the generous donation,” Sims said. “On behalf of me and my staff, thank you. We really do appreciate it.”
Many attended the event to show support of the MCSO, including Sen. Clay Scofield, Rep. Kerry Rich, Commission Chairman James Hutcheson, District 2 Commissioner Rick Watson, District 3 Commissioner David Kelley, District 4 Commissioner Joey Baker and District Attorney Everette Johnson.
After the checks were presented, Scofield also thanked the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
“Sheriff Sims is doing a fantastic job, and this just reinforces what he’s doing,” Scofield said. “He’s had some very challenging situations, and his staff has too. They’ve done a fantastic job getting public safety back up on its feet and y’all are playing a critical role … we really appreciate it.”
Even though the sheriff hasn’t been in office long, Rich said Sims is doing an “excellent” job. He said it’s “amazing” to see the progress that’s been made at the MCSO.
“I want to thank y’all, Porch Creek Indians, for making these things available to not only Marshall County, but to other counties throughout the state,” Rich said.
Also, Hutcheson and the commissioners thanked Sims for his hard work and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for the donations.