By Tamas Mondovics
Many agencies across the nation are indeed filled with men and women who are unquestionably and unequivocally essential to their smooth operation.
It is also noteworthy that from the state, county and city government offices to the private sector, talented and highly qualified woman either assisting or are taking the lead, successfully giving testimony to the importance of their position of responsibility.
One such, much-valued member of Johnson County and Mountain City is Patricia Morefield, who, although somewhat behind the scenes, works tirelessly to support Sheriff Reece and his office.
Morefield was born and raised in Johnson County and has lived all of her life locally. Her parents are Dean, and Helen Gentry are of Laurel Bloomery. She also has two sisters, Deanna Gentry Schrayer and Tammy Gentry Caulkins.
“I have one son Ryan Morefield who is an upcoming sophomore at Johnson County High School this year,” she said proudly, adding that the two of them reside on Harbin Hill and “very much love the area where in which we live.”
Demonstrating her skills and talent, Patricia currently works at Johnson County Sheriff’s Office as an Administrative Assistant and has been with the department for
Patricia’s dedicated service to her community goes a bit farther back. Before taking her role at the Sheriff’s Office, she worked at Johnson County Emergency E-911 for six years, totaling 18 years with emergency dispatch and law enforcement.
The job requires numerous different assignments on a daily basis including daily reports and count of inmates incarcerated, inmate trust fund account, state inmates credits and calculations and medical bills for inmates. Other secretarial duties include memos, letters, and timesheets for the office.
“I am in charge of all new employee orientation and much, much more,” she said, adding that while she loves the secretarial duties of her job, the downfall is that there is usually no good news on a daily basis.
“Unfortunately the community only needs an officer when there is a problem, so that leaves a lot of the bad news that the officer has to report, including theft, burglary, domestic violence, etc.,” she said.
While it takes a special person to work in law enforcement especially in emergency dispatch, Patricia fills the role just fine. And enjoys the help of the entire office.
“The officers are always willing to help anyone, but it can become very mentally stressful for them going out on the calls and then those of us that are reading such reports every day,” she said.
Patricia is undoubtedly the right person to take the lead in her position of responsibility, but she is by no means without dealing with her own daily challenges after her husband of 21 years, Chris Morefield, passed away in 2016 to suicide.
“Chris was very well known in our community and was loved and is missed by many, she said. “I am grateful for the support that our friends and family have given to my son and me.”
Once again giving testimony to her exemplary character, Patricia stepped up to the plate by turning her experience into a valuable source to serve her community.
“Due to the tragedy that happened in my life with my husband’s suicide, I have begun speaking to different groups of ladies and teaching them to find God’s story in their own lives,” she said. “God has never left me or failed me, and I want to tell others about what God can do for them as well.”
To sum things up Patricia hopes to encourage young and old, men and women, when she said, “What my husband, Chris always told my son Ryan is to “Be You.” “You are the only one that you can be responsible for when it comes to your decisions, actions, perspective, and character.”
Thank you, Patricia, for all that you do.