Silent leadership – Sheriff adjusts to losing his voice

January 26, 2017

When Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts showed up to a house in Cherokee Village to assist other law enforcement agencies with a drug bust on Oct. 7, 2016, he wasn’t expecting his life to change.

Up until that point, his voice was one of his most important tools on the job, whether it was giving orders to his officers, directions to suspects or speaking to the public — he relied on it on a daily basis. But when he found a hidden trapdoor and opened it, he would lose his voice and find himself wondering if he could carry on his career in law enforcement. It also almost cost him his life.

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