After a long process of proving I served in various capacities in the U.S. Army, I received these today. It’s not all of them but I have the rest. It’s been almost 16 years since I had to leave the Army but when I saw these I had an overwhelming flashback of so many great memories! #proudtoserve #proudamerican #honor #integrity #usarmy #blackhawk #jumpmaster #armypathfinder #anotherlife #missthosedays #armydad #armystrong
Sheriff Will Akin
Sheriff Will Akin has over 20 years of combined experience in the military and law enforcement. With over 8 years of active duty service in the United States Army, Will gained leadership and management experience as both a Non-Commissioned Officer and as a Chief Warrant Officer. He enlisted in the Army in October 1994 and after working four years as a Parachute Rigger; he attended the Army’s flight program and spent the next four years as a pilot flying the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter. After being honorably discharged from the Army in February 2003, he began his law enforcement career when he attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in April 2003. Since then, Will has held positions in Patrol, Field Training, Community Action, and Special Projects. As a Police Advisor in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, Will assessed, monitored, advised, and mentored local police in order to ensure that law and order were maintained effectively and impartially according to the principles of policing. Topics under advisement during his time overseas included logistics, training, finance, case management, and operations. Will worked closely with the Department of Defense, Department of State, United Nations, and his Afghan counterparts to address issues concerning gender and human rights violations and worked toward solutions that were compatible with Afghanistan’s culture. Another facet of Will’s time in Afghanistan was leading a team of over 40 security employees from 7 different countries coordinating and conducting convoy operations throughout the city of Kabul.
Sheriff Will Akin joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 as a Lieutenant in Field Operations. Will now serves as the Division Commander of the Emergency Preparedness Division overseeing operations for Emergency Management, the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Public Information, and Media Relations. Will was the appointed Director of Emergency Management for Clay County, is a Missouri Certified Emergency Manager level 2, and is certified in Disaster Preparedness through the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. Regionally, Will is active in multiple committees where local emergency managers discuss and work toward resolutions to regional issues, problems, projects, and activities related to all-hazards emergency management, former Vice-Chair for the Area Maritime Security Committee covering over 100 miles of riverfront on the Missouri River from mile marker 330 to 422 and the Kansas River from mile marker 0 to 20, and is the Law Enforcement Chairperson of the TRI-CIT Council.
Will is an active member in the community as well. He serves as the Post Commander for the Liberty Memorial VFW Post #4043, is a member of the American Legion Post #95, and is involved in the Liberty Rotary Club #6040.
Originally from California, Will has lived in many states throughout the U.S. as well as South Korea and Afghanistan. Will has earned an A.S. in Behavioral Science from Georgia Military College, a B.S. in Criminal Justice, his M.B.A. in Management from California Coast University, and a graduate Olivet Nazarene University with his doctoral degree in ethical leadership. Will is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 264 and earned a Graduate Certificate of Achievement from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education. On top of it all, he is also an adjunct faculty member at MidAmerica Nazarene University.