Melinda Marple retired from the sheriff’s office after serving the county for 23 years.

Marple, who retired Dec. 31, began working with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer in 1993.

"Melinda was and is a great woman," Chief Deputy Matt Rice said. "She’s done every job in this facility over the years."

Marple has served as a dispatcher, civil process server, street deputy, school resource officer, patrol deputy, shift supervisor, field training officer and a criminal investigator.

She also led the DARE program in Faulkner County schools and spent more than seven years in the Criminal Investigation Division, where she became a certified crime scene technician.

She became staff sergeant and lieutenant over FCSO’s patrol division.

Marple was patrol commander under former sheriff Andy Shock and became Faulkner County’s first female chief deputy as Rice’s second in command.

"It was an easy decision choosing Melinda as my chief deputy while I was sheriff," Rice said. "She’s a wealth of knowledge. I trusted her and she knew everything that was going on at the department."