A trio of Lewis County Sheriff’s officers have shiny new badges after climbing another rung on the career ladder.
Sheriff Jason Davis promoted Phil Arnzen, Mark Pagliaro, and Chris Long at a Jan. 8 pinning ceremony at the Lewis County Courthouse in Nezperce.
With the three men called to stand in front of a packed courthouse of lawmen and family and friends, Davis briefly described each man’s background.
Starting with Captain Arnzen, Davis noted he joined the office in 2008 working in the detention center, but was moved into patrol.
Giving a sense of Arnzen’s nature, Davis recalled a DUI stop on Westlake Road.
“Oh yes,” chirped Arnzen with a smile.
Davis said he was going to place a man who was intoxicated in cuffs when he “became froggy and started fighting me a little bit. Out of nowhere,” emphasized Davis, “Phil was my backup and he just waylays this guy like a football tackle, sends the guy half way over the tailgate. This was a fight that Phil ended. The guy was completely compliant after that.
“What was even better, this was the best part of the whole story, is at that time we had VHS in the vehicle and I went back to review my traffic stop,” explained Davis. As Davis watched himself in the video trying to get the drunk man compliant he could see Phil in the back raking his feet over the ground “either like a chicken scratching the ground or a bull ready to charge. That day it was the bull.”
As the audience’s laughter quieted, Davis continued that in 2012 Arnzen became a K-9 handler and was promoted to Sergeant shortly after. “He was given the blessing of training new incoming patrol staff,” said Davis.
“Probably why we didn’t keep a lot of people,” smirked Arnzen.
He was promoted to captain in 2017. “It’s my great privilege to promote you to the rank of Chief Deputy,” said Davis. Retiring Chief Deputy Josh Larsen pinned the new badge on him.
Davis then spoke about Cpl. Mark Pagliaro. “Mark began serving with the KMO in 2013 and became active patrol one year later. He served with KMO, advancing in rank until 2018.”
Pagliaro was hired by the LCSO in 2019. “Long before Mark began working for Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, myself, Josh and Phil were watching and listening to your performance on the job. We all agreed that Mark would make a fine addition to Lewis County. However, Mark was very loyal to his then chief, deputies, and Kamiah Marshal’s Office and the citizens of Kamiah.”
Davis said Pagliaro has gained in loyalty to the people. “Mark has shown in the past and currently that he is not only a leader, but he has an impeccable code of ethics. Mark has shown a desire to serve the people of Lewis County and places them as priority. Mark has shown Josh, Phil, and I that he has what it takes to make Lewis County a better place.”
Pagliaro was promoted to Patrol Sgt. and his wife Taylor pinned on his new badge.
Davis then spoke about Chris Long, noting he joined the county in 2013, beginning in the detention center. Long left in 2015 to join the Department of Corrections.
Davis said Long eventually came to his senses and returned to Lewis County where he belongs. “Chris came back with more knowledge and training that certainly benefited our office. He had a new outlook when he returned and it was definitely noted by the command staff. If we needed something done now, Chris did it. If we needed a shift covered, Chris was on it. If we needed anything above assigned duties, Chris was all over it.
“Chris has shown time and time again that his presence in our jail is not only needed but definitely wanted. Chris has shown us that he has the ability to be a leader in the jail and has shown us he is the best man for this position.”
Long was promoted to Detention Sgt. and his father Bruce pinned on the new badge.