Arapahoe native, to lead crime commission

Monday, December 30, 2013

ARAPAHOE, Nebraska -- The new executive director of the Nebraska Crime Commission gives much of the credit for his success in law enforcement to his hometown of Arapahoe.

Darrell Fisher, who has been involved in law enforcement continuously since 1975, said his commitment to public service began during his growing up years in the Furnas County town of 1,000-plus residents.

"Arapahoe is a great community and I am proud to be from there. My family and I return often, including this past week when we spent Christmas there with my mother, Delores Fisher, and other members of my family."

Following his graduation from Arapahoe High School in 1975, Darrell entered Kearney State College and declared Criminal Justice as his major. Shortly thereafter -- still in the year 1975 -- Darrell became an intern with with Buffalo County Sheriff's Department. From that day 38 years ago, Fisher has been associated with law enforcement -- in some form -- ever since.

Rising through the ranks, Darrell reached the upper echelons of the Nebraska State Patrol, serving as the Lieutenant Colonel in his final years with the state's major law enforcement agency.

A new dimension in Fisher's life became official Friday, December 27, 2013, when Gov. Dave Heineman announced that Fisher will replace Michael Behm as executive director of the Nebraska Crime Commission.

Fisher's first day on the job will be January 2, 2014.

"I very much appreciate the governor's confidence in my experience and abilities," Fisher said in a written statement. "I will work diligently to ensure that confidence. I am anxious to begin this new challenge."

Fisher, 57, retired from the Nebraska State Patrol as a lieutenant colonel in 2008. He had served the agency for 29 years.

Since his retirement, he has served as an instructor at the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety; as adjunct faculty at the University of North Florida; and as an impaired driving assessor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He also was executive director of the Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs from 2008 to 2011.

Fisher was inducted into the Nebraska Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in October 2008. He's a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Nebraska Police Officers Association, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He was awarded a Drug Recognition Expert Emeritus in 2012 for outstanding contributions to the drug evaluation and classification program, a highway safety program that trains police officers to recognize drivers impaired by drugs.

Fisher has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska-Kearney). He is currently working on his master's degree in military history through American Military University.

The Crime Commission, with the guidance of a 19-member board comprised of criminal and juvenile justice progressionals, serves in a leadership role by providing expertise, technical assistance, training, financial aid, enforcement of mandatory jail standards and regulations, as well as research, evaluation, statistical services and informational resources to criminal and juvenile justice programs statewide.

Fisher's annual salary will be $85,000.

Darrell's father, Floyd, is deceased.His mother, Delores, still lives in Arapahoe, as do his brothers, Dan and Dean and their families. Darrell's sister, DeeAnn Cox, resides in Smithfield with her husband and family.

Proud of her son, Delores tells about going to his Nebraska State Patrol retirement party. "He said the awards' part of the ceremony would last about 15 minutes," his mother said.

"It ended up lasting almost two hours. I can't begin to tell you all the things he has accomplished in law enforcement. I just know he loves his work and has done a lot of good things. His Arapahoe family and friends wish him all the best as he begins this new phase of his life's work."

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