SHERIFF MCCARTHY RECEIVES AWARD FROM DM HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Monday, April 02, 2012
Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy was presented the Mary Louise Smith Award by the Des Moines Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the 26th Annual Symposium on Human and Civil Rights.
Rudolph Simms said, “He was honored for his long outstanding support of human and civil rights in the Greater Des Moines Community and humane treatment of persons incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.” Simms further explained, “The Mary Louise Smith Award is given annually at the Symposium to person(s) who demonstrates a long term commitment to raising the level of awareness and concern for human rights in the Des Moines area, advocates the development of and improvement of legal mechanisms to protect basic civil and human rights in the Des Moines area, educates and informs the community about civil and human rights in the Des Moines area, and leads affirmative efforts to bring about equality and opportunity for all people.”
Sheriff McCarthy joins previous recipients of the Mary Louise Smith Award such as Councilwoman Christine Hensley, Linda Carter-Lewis, and DMPD Officer Joe Gonzalez. Sheriff McCarthy is only the second member of law enforcement since the award’s inception, 26 years ago, to receive this honorable award.