Clark County Sheriff John Horch swore in the agency’s first chaplain designated to provide counseling and emotional support to employees, their families and the public earlier this month.
Chaplain Cari Arnsparger was sworn with an honorary commission on Jan. 4. The commission gives her no law enforcement authority but allows her to support staff in a way consistent with state law, according to an agency news release.
For the past few months, the sheriff’s office said Arnsparger had been riding along with deputies, getting to know them and assisting on calls.
She has volunteered as a police and fire chaplain through the countywide chaplaincy for the past five years and graduated from the Police and Fire Chaplain Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, the sheriff’s office said.