Hot Springs Village Welcomes New Chief of Police

Just hot off the Hot Springs Village POA printing press (not really, this came via email), the POA announced it has hired a new Police Chief for Hot Springs Village. The email said:

“Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association is pleased to announce Kristi Bennett as Chief of Police of the Hot Springs Village Police Department.

“Chief Kristi Bennett is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 18 years of dedicated service. Her outstanding track record and high level of professionalism and dedication make her an exceptional fit for this community,” said General Manager Kelly Hale.

“Chief Bennett is the current Chief of Police of Texarkana, Arkansas, where she has served since 2005. Over the course of her 18-year tenure, her roles have included Patrol Officer as well as the department’s Public Information Officer (PIO). Bennett was promoted to Chief of Police in April 2021. She has received multiple awards during her career, including the TOP COP Award from the National Association of Police Organizations in Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

“Chief Bennett is glad to be moving back to the place she calls home with her husband Joe and son Collin. A native of Hot Springs Village, she grew up in this community with her parents, David and Alice Orrell, and is a graduate of Jessieville High School.

“I am absolutely honored to have been given the opportunity to come home and serve in this highly prestigious community. I look forward to being part of the team in bringing forth progressive policing and innovative community-oriented programs that best meet the needs of our community,” Bennett said.

“Chief Bennett will actively join Hot Springs Village Police Department on a date to be determined.”