Doris Brown has announced she is a candidate for the office of mayor in the City of Thayer. Originally from Saddle, Ark., Doris is married to Kenneth Brown, a Thayer native who is retired from the U.S. Army. Doris has three children, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Her youngest daughter, Laura, lost her life in the line of duty while serving as a Transport Officer for the Howell County Sheriff's Office.
Brown has been an active member of the community all her life. Currently, she is involved with the Red Hat Society, the Thayer Garden Club and the Order of the Eastern Star. As a member of Thayer Garden Club she was asked by the American Legion to help in establishing a Veterans Memorial. After the city council gave its approval, she went to work to get it done. "Many people and businesses in the area gave generously," she said, "and together we completed the beautiful memorial which graces the entrance to our city."
In the 1980s, while living in West Plains, Doris worked with the Coalition to Stop Domestic Violence, West Plains City Police and related organizations to help get a state law passed which addresses domestic violence issues. In the 1990s, she was heavily involved in the Community Oriented Policing Program here in Thayer. COPS, which originated here in Thayer, served as a model a national program operating today within the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 2007, Brown noticed a need in Thayer for a helipad for Air-Evac. "I made the contacts and called a meeting with the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Steve Alford (City Councilman), Jack Bates (Air-Evac), Oregon County Ambulance, EMTs, radio and newspaper." She notes that in two months time, Thayer had its new helipad in the Industrial Park. "I am very proud of that project -- particularly because of the many lives which have been affected by the outcome."
"I'm a local girl and the only promise I make is to always do what is best for te people of our fine city," Brown said.