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Sheriff's office spends $26,761 for cowboy hats for deputies

By Scott Carroll

This article was originally published March 27, 2016 at 3:32 a.m. Updated March 28, 2016 at 7:03 a.m.

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“I like the hat,” Pulaski County sheriff’s Deputy Ed Johnson says of his county-issued cowboy hats. “I wear one off-duty. It makes me feel better to put it on.”

Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay puts on his county-issued $155 Stetson in his office Thursday. On his desk is a Resistol hat.

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The Pulaski County sheriff's office has added cowboy hats to its uniforms, an accessory that Sheriff Doc Holladay said completes the outfit and gives deputies a more professional appearance.

Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay puts on his county-issued $155 Stetson in his office Thursday. On his desk is a Resistol hat.

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Print Headline: Sheriff's office going for a new look; Holladay pays out $26,761 for cowboy hats for deputies

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Nodmcm says... March 27, 2016 at 9:58 a.m.

Black hats! Say it ain't so. Doesn't everyone know that only the "bad guys" wear black hats? Maybe those "Black Lives Matter" protesters can now say, "See, I told you so!"

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gibbyda says... March 27, 2016 at 11:28 a.m.

Why cowboy hats? This is Arkansas and I can guarantee you that the people in Arkansas aren't cowboys. A Stetson hat is much more professional. But then image is everything, right?

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BirdDogsRock says... March 27, 2016 at 12:03 p.m.

"Completes the outfit"? Looks more professional?" *eyes rolling* Seems to me a guy named Doc Holladay is pursuing a wild west macho fantasy at taxpayers' expense. Glad I'm not a Pulaski County resident being soaked for some sheriff's puffed up image of himself.

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NoUserName says... March 27, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.

a) the officers aren't required to wear them on duty which seems like a waste.
b) not sure the exact model, but Stetson hats are nearly all <$100 on Amazon. Seems like the county got taken.

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ARMNAR says... March 27, 2016 at 7:28 p.m.

Because Arkansas isn't enough of a laughingstock already.

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itryed says... March 28, 2016 at 11:24 a.m.

Is this a joke?

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YoungHog says... March 28, 2016 at noon

I give it 1 year and the sheriff is seeking a job here in TEJAS

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GoBigRed says... March 28, 2016 at 12:34 p.m.

So, are they issued string ties and cowboy boots too?

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Nucdog110 says... March 28, 2016 at 1 p.m.

I love the idea of the cowboy hats, it makes them look like Peace-Officers rather than Cop's. It gives them an air of old fashioned character, honesty and reliability. Plus, cowboy hats are hot. Ask any woman.

Who says there are no Cowboys in Arkansas, Gibbyada, where do you live? Under a Rock? Or a basement perhaps. Cattle are big business here. Oh, your one of those: BIG HAT, NO CATTLE. Not only do we have Cowboys & girls we also have Horsemen & women.

Arkansas, where the South meets the West.

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HOTDEMN says... March 28, 2016 at 1:11 p.m.

I want to see the bill for the mirror sunglasses . BTW, if they can blow 26 grand on cowboy hats maybe their budget needs reviewing.

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