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By Marlana Smith
Chancey Kyle Hambelton chose to become a law enforcement officer because he wanted a career in helping others and serving his community.
Hambelton was sworn in as a Shelby County Deputy by 41st Circuit Judge Fredrick Tucker on Monday, December 19, 2022 in the Shelby County courtroom at 9 a.m.
Deputy Hambelton said working in law enforcement has always been an idea that has run through his head.
“When my Uncle Caleb Barton got hired on at Shelby County, I was able to do ride alongs with him.
“Having a younger, new officer gives us the ability to train him in the ways of Shelby County, per say,” said Shelby County Sheriff Arron Frerickson.
“Not going to be majoring in the minors, but going to be in a level-headed, well-rounded officer.”
That’s when I finally made the decision to start my career in law enforcement,” said Hambelton.
Hambelton graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) on Friday, December 16, in Columbia.
Hambelton was born in West Plains, Mo., and grew up 20 miles west of there in Dora. He is 21 years old.
Deputy Hambelton has lived in Shelby County for almost four years. He currently lives in Bethel.
He has two brothers and two sisters, and is engaged.
The Sheriff’s Office currently has four deputies, but Sheriff Fredrickson said another recruit will be attending the five-month academy in January.
Fredrickson stated that having another deputy will allow the current officers time off and be able to switch schedules around.
“It will help us be able to cover the county more,” said Sheriff Fredrickson.