Hagar Named Rising Sherwood Police Chief
SHERWOOD, Ark. (Nov. 10, 2020) — Sherwood Mayor Virginia Young has named Jeff Hagar, 50, as the future Chief of the Sherwood Police Department. Hagar’s official appointment will become effective Jan. 29, 2021, upon the retirement of current Chief James Bedwell.
“It is an honor to be replacing such a fine man and leader as Chief James Bedwell. I intend to continue where he left off, providing professional and dedicated service to the citizens of Sherwood, the finest City in the State of Arkansas,” said Hagar.
Capt. Hagar, who currently serves as the commander of the administrative division, has been with the Sherwood Police Department since January 1997. In his current role, he oversees criminal investigations, training, internal affairs, C.O.P.P.S., special operations, the honor guard and more. Over the years, Hagar has worked up through the ranks in various divisions of the police department from patrolman to one of two current captains for the department and previously commanded the patrol division, the other arm of the police department.
While rising in leadership with the Sherwood Police Department, Hagar also simultaneously served in the 189th Security Forces Squadron of the Arkansas Air National Guard from 1990 until 2019 and retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
Young pointed to his leadership and experience in the Sherwood Police Department and military in making the hiring decision.
“Jeff Hagar is the ideal candidate for Chief,” said Young. “Over the years, he has shown integrity, leadership and devotion to our police department. As an F.B.I. Academy graduate and with his experience in Security Forces for the military, coupled with his growth throughout the years in the Sherwood Police Department, I have complete confidence that he will fulfill the demands of his new role.”
While Hagar currently resides outside of the city limits, he will be transitioning to Sherwood residency.