• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Craighead County sheriff elected to new statewide leadership role

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark- Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd will take on a new leadership role in law enforcement.

Sheriff Marty Boyd was recently elected to serve as president of the Arkansas Sheriff's Association.

He will hold this position while continuing his current duties at the department but says he’s excited to lead 75 sheriff's from across the state.

“I’m looking forward to it and, it’s an honor to serve the sheriffs of Arkansas and represent them at the national level,” says Sheriff Boyd.

Sheriff Boyd was nominated and sworn in last week at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association annual meeting in Jonesboro.

Arkansas gubernatorial candidate and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as the keynote speaker of the event.

Sheriff Boyd explains what his new role will include.

“I’ll be representing the sheriffs of Arkansas and in what we see in our community and what we see across the country,” Sheriff Boyd said. “Thing’s law enforcement needs that we can accomplish maybe through legislation. Maybe through internal measures. And bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.”

The 30-year law enforcement veteran is in his ninth year as Craighead County sheriff.

He says his current position and his appointment to Gov. Hutchinson’s police task force will help guide him as he leads 75 sheriff's across the state.

One of his goals as president is to improve law enforcement retention in Arkansas.

“I have some unique knowledge from law enforcement side but also seeing concerns from our community leaders where law enforcement may not, best job at bridging that gap sometimes. I think I can relate with what we need to do and steps we can take to do that,” he says.

Sheriff Boyd will serve as president of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association for the next 12 months.


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