Expect to hear the name Kim Pound a lot in the coming months. If all goes according to plan, he will be a candidate for Gila County Sheriff.
"I see some things I could contribute and pass the torch to a new generation of police officers in community-based policing," Pound said. He officially announced his candidacy earlier this month at a Republican luncheon.
"Joe Arpaio wants to be known as America's toughest sheriff. I want to become America's fairest sheriff," Pound said.
Currently, Pound is the commander of the detective division of the Salt River Police Department, where he supervises 15 employees, and has worked for the last eight years. Before that, he was with the Apache Junction Police Department for two years, joining them after serving with the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office in Colorado where he handled the well-known, 1989 Shoen murder case, in which Eva Berg Shoen, a member of the family that owns U-Haul, was murdered. Prior to that, he was with the Durango, Colo. police department, where he started his law enforcement career.
It was a career he came into in a rather odd manner.
Attending college on a basketball scholarship, he majored in recreation and physical education.‚
"I had no intention of being a police officer."
He went out to California, taking a semester off from college, and was visiting his mother and came across an advertisement for the Durango Police Department. It sounded interesting, so he took the test and a couple of months later he was contacted and told there was a spot for him in an upcoming police academy.
Pound's work with the Salt River Police Department has been recognized by his superiors, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI.
Recently, Pound was given the Shreds meritorious service ribbon award for his dedication to duty during the investigation of an armed carjacking crime that occurred on the Salt River Indian Community in 2002. He was the Shreds Detective of the Year in 1997, when his supervisor described his work ethic as "... tireless dedication to duty in the pursuit and seeking the truth."
Pound has also been recognized for his work with victims of crimes.
Pound and his wife, Stacia, have made their home in Payson for a year. Stacia's grandparents, Glennis and Don Stephenson, have lived in the area for more than 30 years, and Don, a contractor, built the community's first shopping center.
Pound said his wife grew up in Payson, but graduated from high school in Peoria in 1987. They decided to move here because of Stacia's family and the education and attention their daughter could get in the school system here.
"We have a special needs child and the attention and education in the schools here is great. It is not something she could get in a larger place," Pound said.
Name: Kim Pound
Occupation: Detective Division Commander
Employer: Salt River Police Department
Birthplace: Milo, Maine
Family: Wife, Stacia Pound; daughter, Ireland; parents and four brothers; grandparent in-laws, Glennis and Don Stephenson.
Personal motto: Try to be fair, committed and keep an open mind.
Inspiration: My hero, my older brother, Steve, who is five years older than me and superintendent of the Union 60 School District in Greenville, Maine.
Greatest feat: Being a good husband and father; I love my family very much. They're my life.
My favorite hobby or leisure activity is ... I am a baseball and basketball fanatic. I'm a Yankee fan, but I love the Diamondbacks too. My basketball team is Duke, the coach is really something.
The three words that describe me best are committed, fair and enthusiastic.
I don't want to brag, but at 5-foot-9, I actually got a basketball scholarship to college -- Unit College, Maine.
The person in history I'd most like to meet is President George W. Bush, he's a remarkable man.
Luxury defined: Ticket to the Final Four in college basketball.
Dream vacation spot: Jamaica. I've been there and I want to go back. Time means nothing there, if you can't get something done today, you can always do it tomorrow, "No problem man."
Why Payson? My wife grew up here. Her grandfather was a contractor and built the first shopping center here. We have a special needs child and the attention and education of the schools is great, it is something that would not be available in a larger area.