There’s a new sheriff in town

Clay Thornton of Athena was the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office's “Sheriff for a Day.” He is pictured with Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan during a May 31 assembly at Weston Middle School.

Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan and his staff at the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office are proud and delighted to participate in the “Chief or Sheriff for a Day” program.

Clay Thornton of Athena was chosen for the honor. He received a full uniform, badge and name plate and was recognized during a May 31 assembly at Weston Middle School. Clay, 11, was selected by the committee after his grandmother, Jill Stiffler, nominated him. Clay lives with severe hemophilia and has autism. He is talented, bright, talkative, friendly and he “knows no strangers,” Stiffler said.

Sheriff for a Day is sponsored by partnering agencies, including the Walla Walla Police Department and Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. The program invites a local child with physical, mental or medical challenges to be the chief or sheriff for a day. Other partner agencies include the Milton-Freewater Police Department, College Place Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Walla Walla City Fire Department, Walla Walla Fire District 4 and Washington State Penitentiary.

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