The Louisville Retired Teachers Association presented three sheriffs who graduated Louisville High School with certificates of recognition last Thursday.
Honored were Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge, Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney, and Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh. Arledge is a 1973 graduate of Louisville High School, Gladney graduated in 1974 and Pugh in 1990.
“It feels good to be recognized and to go back to my old hometown,” said Mike Arledge. “It was real good to see my old coach, Tommy Wiley, and it had been about 35 years since we had been able to catch up.”
Arledge said his good friend Steve Gladney knew each other back in school and had played sports together. Years later, they were partners at the Mississippi Highway Patrol Office and shared a car. “That was about 25 years ago,” he said. “It’s fairly unique that we were both elected at the same time.”
Arledge graduated from Miss. Law Enforcement Academy and has over 300 hours of Criminal/Civil law from the University of Mississippi Judicial College. He is a retired Mississippi State Trooper, retired criminal investigator and special agent with the miss. Bureau of Narcotics and served two terms as a Justice Court Judge for 31 years of law enforcement related experience.
He was also award the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics award for going above and beyond the call of duty in statewide drug enforcement. He is married to Patty Arledge and has one daughter named Kim.
As sheriff, he said his goals are to reduce crimes against people with an emphasis on domestic violence offenders, to focus on community involvement with Neighborhood Watch, Citizens Academy and crime prevention education. He also stated he has a zero tolerance toward drug dealers and gangs in Lowndes County.
Gladney is also a retired Mississippi State Trooper and graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Academy. Before his retirement, he was director of the Mississippi Highway Uniform Division of Public Affairs Officers. He also worked with the Starkville Police Department for 1.5 years. He has worked over 29 years in the law enforcement. He also served as a bailiff in Municipal Court for two years.
Gladney has several awarded honors to his name including being one of the Top 40 over 40 in the Starkville Daily News in 2009, Starkville’s Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Law enforcement Officer of 1980, and the Starkville Optimist Club Distinguished and Dedicated Service Award in 1988. He was also selected to travel and provide security for the Mississippi State football team for 16 years.
He said his goals as sheriff are to provide fair, honest, impartial, professional services to all the citizens of Oktibbeha County and to provide a safe community for families to enjoy living, working and raising their children. He is married to Sandra Tobor Gladney. They have two daughters, Emily and Maggie and two granddaughters, Sutton and Olivia.
Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh is a Mississippi State University and Harrison County Law Enforcement Academy graduate. He has worked as a dispatcher at the Winston County Sheriff’s Department, as a patrolman with the Philadelphia Police and Louisville Police Departments, and as an investigator with the Winston County Sheriff’s Department. He has over 15 years of law enforcement experience.
His goals include working with the Louisville Police Department and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics to arrest and convict every drug dealer and trafficker of illegal narcotics in the area. He also wants to use the D.A.R.E program to educate the youth of the community on the dangers of drug use.
He is married to Michele Pugh. They have three children, Abigail, Matthew and William.