Clayton Edwards for White County Sheriff
I am Clayton Edwards, and I am officially announcing my candidacy for Sheriff of White County. I would like to take this opportunity to talk briefly about my background, a background that I hope you will agree has provided me with the skills and knowledge to be your next White County Sheriff.
Before I began my Law Enforcement career, I was an Arkansas Army National Guard Recruiter. I joined the National Guard while still a Junior in High School. I enlisted in November 1981 as a Surveyor in the HQ’s Co., 875th Combat Engineer Battalion located in Jonesboro. After Serving about 3 years as a part-time soldier, I was hired as Full-time Recruiter and was stationed in Helena-West Helena and then eventually the Blytheville Area. I closed my military service as a Staff Sergeant Master Recruiter in 1990, when I realized my calling to become a Law Enforcement Officer.
I began my Law Enforcement career as a Mississippi County Auxiliary Deputy in 1989. In 1990, I returned to Jonesboro and I became an Auxiliary Deputy for the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department and a Reserve Police Officer for the Jonesboro Police Department until I was hired in 1991 as a full-time Police Officer with the Paragould Police Department where I served as a Patrolman and Canine Handler. I continued to work at Paragould for 2 1/2 years and eventually moved to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department as a Patrol Deputy and Canine Handler. I took a 2 year break from Law Enforcement to work for my father in his auto repair shop.
In January 1999, I took a position with the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force as an Narcotics Investigator, mainly working in an undercover capacity. In June of 1999, I was hired by White County Sheriff Jess Odom. Since then, I have considered White County my home. My service at the White County Sheriff’s Department began as a Patrol Deputy. After working in that position and becoming familiar with the department and learning the county, I was transferred and promoted to a Detective Sergeant with the Criminal Investigation Division.
In 2001 when Sheriff Pat Garrett took office, I was promoted to Lieutenant of the Narcotics Division. I worked in that capacity for several years. During this time, I also began supervising the White County Fair’s Security Detail. In September of 2004, I transferred to the Patrol Division as a Captain.
In January 2007, Sheriff Ricky Shourd took office, and I was transferred to the position of Patrol Deputy. After gaining Sheriff Shourd’s confidence, I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the Patrol Division. In December 2007 I was fortunate to receive another promotion to rank of Lieutenant over the Patrol Division, and in May of 2008 I was promoted to the rank of Captain/Jail Administrator which I held until November 2014 when I was promoted to the rank of Major, which I currently hold.
With that being said, I am the only candidate that can honestly say that I understand how the Sheriff’s Department functions, from working in and supervising every division from Patrol to Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Investigations, the Detention Facility and Administration.
In 2012, I was offered a position on the White County Fair Board and I accepted. Since then I have been the Chairman over the Motorsports Committee and eventually I was elected to Fair Board President, a position I currently hold.
In 2016, Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed me to The Arkansas Professional Bail Bondsman Licensing Board, which I am currently serving on. I know this is quite lengthy, however, I want the citizens of White County to get a good sense of who I am, what I stand for and what I am offering to the Citizens of White County as their Sheriff. I take my service to this county very seriously and I intend to serve them with effectiveness, efficiency and integrity.
Republican Candidate for White County Sheriff