HelpING others by giving

Every person whose life is improved or saved, stems from an act of generosity that’s purely voluntary. That’s why Serving is so extraordinary when you do it.

more about ME

About Me

I have been a law enforcement officer for 30 years. Although I will be retiring from law enforcement later this year, I still have a desire to serve our community. During my thirty years in law enforcement, I had the privilege of serving as school resource officer for four years. This experience, as well as three years as a high school softball coach and a board member for both Cleveland County Safe Kids Coalition and the Cleveland County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, fueled my passion to help children succeed and reach their full potential. I believe I have gained the required prospective needed to help our schools prosper and graduate superior citizens. This will ensure that Cleveland County will continue to be a great place to live and work. I have a passion for educating the community. I do presentations on Active Shooter situations, Methamphetamine Awareness, Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse, General Drug Awareness, Crime Prevention, Scams and Frauds, Human Trafficking, and Sexting and Cyber Bullying. I am a product of Cleveland County Schools. I graduated from Crest High School in 1984 and am a graduate of Western Carolina University. I began serving my community when I was 15 years old, joining Number Three Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Fireman. I started my Law Enforcement career in 1990. I have been active on many boards during my career and served on Shelby City Council from 2005-2013. Working with kids has always been my passion. They are our future. I would really appreciate your vote and support.

christian officers protecting society (c.o.p.s.)

In 1994, I started a group called Christian Officers Protecting Society (C.O.P.S.) One of our initiatives was to photograph and fingerprint children for parents to have in case children went missing.

why board of education

I have had the opportunity to review hundreds of applications for employment at the Sheriff’s Office. I have often caught myself asking “How were they able to get a diploma?” The lack of ability to spell common words in many applications caused me great concern. I have spoken with business owners and Human Resource Directors at companies in Cleveland County and they agree this is a concern. I have hired individuals and sent them to a basic school for corrections and they had to be terminated because they could not pass the simple reading test that is written on a 9th grade level. I want all children to be receiving instruction on a level they can comprehend. Allowing a student to graduate that isn't prepared to graduate only does one thing, “It leaves that child behind even though you say you are moving that child forward.” Parents tell me all the time they want their kids to feel safe in schools and I believe I have the qualifications and experience to make our schools a safer place. I believe teachers and administrators need the Board's support to follow rules that are set by the Board of Education. Teachers have expressed to me that they feel enforcing rules is not worth it because they receive numerous complaints from parents. We must support our teachers and staff. I support having vocational classes such as carpentry, masonry, welding, and others in our schools. Not all students desire to go to college and we should support their ability to be successful if that is not their path. Many vocational jobs pay more than professions that require a college degree. Building and supporting skilled laborers is an important part of growing our local economy. As you can see as you view my website, I have a passion for children and I want ALL children to succeed.

Community Service and Achievements

Former Chairman of Cleveland County Republican Party; Former Board Member of Dover YMCA; Former Board Member of Abuse Prevention Council; Former Board Member of CLECO; Member of Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC); Board Member of Neal Senior Center; Former Co-Chair of Safe Kids; Member of Safe Schools Task Force; Member of Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAPC); Alpha Phi Sigma - The National Criminal Justice Honor Society; Shelby Optimist Club Cleveland County Officer of the Year-2000

Students Against Violance Everywhere (S.A.V.E)

During my time as School Resource Officer at Crest High School I implemented the S.A.V.E. Students Against Violence Every club. I also applied for and received grants to help educate the Students at Crest about the dangers of speeding and buckling up. As Supervisor of D.A.R.E. and the School Resource Officer program, I assisted in the development of Safe School Plans at all schools that the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office covered. I was the first person to go to schools in Cleveland County and teach what to do in an active shooter situation.

Hope is everything

I believe teachers and administrators need the Boards support to follow rules that are set by the Board of Education. Through speaking with teachers sometimes they feel enforcing rules is not worth it because of all the complaining parents. We must support our teachers and staff. I support having vocational classes such as carpentry, masonry, welding, etc. in our schools. Students of all ages need hope and we as a community and school board need to be active here to see these talents shine.

how you can help contribute

Joel Shores

please make all checks out to Joel Shores board of education all checks are to be sent to the address listed on the Link

Joel Shores

knowing I am making a difference in this community first hand makes my life work meaningful

Joel Shores

Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as advocate for good.