An Arizona native, and graduate of Payson High School who worked his way up the ranks of the Gila County Sheriff's Office has been named undersheriff of Gila County.
Deputy Adam Shepherd accepted the appointment handed down by Gila County Sheriff John Armer yesterday.
"He was a patrol deputy, detective, narcotics task force agent, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant and most recently Northern District Commander," Armer said.
"(Shepherd) will continue to have a primary office in Payson even though his administrative duties have expanded to include the whole of Gila County."
Shepherd recently completed his training at Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, which was held in Gilbert. The 10-week course provides training for upper-level police managers.
"He is the best man for the job," Gila County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Hudgens said.
Shepherd is not only skilled in most aspects of law enforcement, he is a commercial pilot, a certified diver and a paramedic, Armer said.
"He presently holds an associate's degree from Pima Community College and has been accepted to Northern Arizona University, seeking a bachelor's degree in public agency service," Armer said.
Shepherd said he is looking forward to the new challenges of working on the administrative side of the sheriff's office.
"The street's a fun place to be -- your career is out on the road, but I am looking forward to exploring the administrative side, too," Shepherd said, "helping out the deputies and getting them the things they need."
Shepherd said he will continue to live in the Payson area with his wife, children and his mother.
"My family has been very supportive," Shepherd said. "I have been married to a wonderful woman for more than 20 years now and I could not have made it this far without their support."
Shepherd will assume the position formerly held by Chief Deputy Tom Melcher. Melcher was appointed Chief Deputy of the Gila County Sheriff's Office following the resignation of Bill Fogle in 2004.