A pair of promoted sheriff's officers has filled two sheriff's department vacancies with familiar faces.

Sheriff Sgt. Jimmy White was promoted to undersheriff and detention Sgt. Dan Ailstock has been promoted to jail administrator.

Both have been filling these positions in an interim capacity. The pair officially took office Monday, May 13 when Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn notified the Pratt County Commissioners of the appointments.

Both have done an outstanding job and Chinn said he was extremely pleased with their work.

"All in all, I couldn't be prouder of both men. They have worked hard for the position," Chinn said.

White was the first employee Chinn hired in March 2001 and has been with the department ever since. He was a patrol officer then promoted to sergeant in July 2011 before the undersheriff promotion on May 13.

"He has been with me through thick and thin the whole time," Chinn said.

White is very familiar with the undersheriff duties. He assumed those duties when former Undersheriff Buford Johnson resigned.

White has been the involved in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in the school systems since 2005 and has been excellent with students and parents.

"He has always represented himself in a professional manner," Chinn said.

Ailstock started with the sheriff's office in a part time position in 2001 and continued in a part time capacity until October 2007 when he was hired as a full time detention officer in the jail.

Ailstock was promoted to sergeant on Jan. 20 and assumed the jail administrators duties with the death of the previous administrator Judy Wing that left a tremendous void to be filled.

White said he enjoyed working in the community because people are fun and officers can bond with the people. The community welcomed White when he was new in 1997 and that attitude continues today.

One of the biggest challenges White sees for the office is the increasing number of inmates in the jail while the staff numbers stay the same. The day is coming when more people will be needed to efficiently handle the increasing number of offenders.

Ailstock said he enjoyed his job because it was an awesome office that is well known across the state and has a sheriff with high integrity. Everything in the office is well thought out.

He likes that the days are always different.

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