Dravenstott promoted to Chief, Russell takes Chief Deputy position

Highland Police Chief and Sheriff Elect Shane Russell announced the promotion of Sgt. Steve Dravenstott to Highland Police Chief effective Oct. 1. The announecment was made at the Sept. 13 Highland City Council Meeting Russell will be replacing Chief Deputy Aaron Presser at the Sheriff’s Department.

Highland Police Chief and Sharp County Sheriff Elect Shane Russell will be helping lead the county earlier than he expected. Sheriff Mark Counts announced at the Sept.12 Quorum Court meeting that Russell will be taking over as Chief Deputy on Oct. 1. Russell’s opponent in the sheriff’s race, current chief Chief Deputy Aaron Presser has resigned and accepted employment elsewhere. Russell was recognized the following night at the Highland City Council, and council chose, Steve Dravenstott as the new Chief of Police.

“Almost 8 years ago Russell Truitt took a chance and hired me as police chief. Ever since then I have had the opportunity to serve the residents of Highland and have greatly enjoyed every minute.”

Russell explained his last day as Highland Police Chief will be Sept. 30 and asked the public’s support of Dravenstott in the same way they have supported him. Russell said, “Thank you Mayor Russell Truitt, Recorder/Treasurer Mary Wiles, the entire Highland City Council, Steve Dravenstott, Jeff Hamilton, Spenser Stowers, and all of the part-time officers for making this one of the best times in my life. To all of the citizens of Highland, it has been a privilege and an honor to have served you over the past years. I appreciate the support that you have given me and the department. I will continue to serve you as your Sheriff come January 1, 2023.” Russell was presented a plaque from the city for his service as police chief.

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