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First officer sworn in at new courthouse

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Editor


Amanda Barnes-Turner was sworn in Nov. 12, as the newest member of Plumas County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit at the new Plumas-Sierra Courthouse in Portola. It is the first swearing-in at the new building since it opened a year ago.

In a short ceremony with Sheriff Greg Hagwood presiding, Election Coordinator and Deputy Clerk-Recorder Marcy DeMartile swore the new reserve officer in.

Hagwood congratulated Barnes-Turner, as well as her husband, Mark Turner. Hagwood commented on how patient and determined Barnes-Turner was during the hiring process, which, he said, were excellent qualities to have in a peace officer.

He said she would undergo field and critical training as a next step, but expected that it would move faster due to her previous experience.

Barnes-Turner is a graduate of Quincy High School and attended Feather River College for two years.

“Growing up watching movies like ‘Kindergarten Cop’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ piqued my interest in law enforcement. As I got older and my dreams were crushed from finding out real life is nothing like the movies, I found other reasons why law enforcement was the career I wanted to pursue,” said Barnes-Turner.

“Law enforcement protects me and my loved ones, ensuring our safety and putting the bad guys behind bars. Law enforcement also possibly helps push people with troubled pasts in the right direction.”

She credits Work Force Alliance and her family with helping her to complete and graduate from the Butte College Law Enforcement POST Academy in December 2009.

Friends and family, baby daughter Nicole and husband Mark among them, surrounded her during the courthouse ceremony — all of whom applauded her and wished her well.

Said Barnes-Turner’s co-workers, Susan McLain and Cyndi Ruth, “We are so proud of her. She worked hard for this position.”

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