Incumbent Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson has announced his intention to seek another term in the May 2014 Democratic Party primary.
Robinson was elected to the office for the first time in 2006 and has been re-elected three times since then.
“I am so greatful to the citizens of Jefferson County for allowing me to serve as their Sheriff,” Robinson said in a press release. “I am also proud of our law enforcement officers in the sheriff’s department who are just as dedicated and committed as I am in protecting the people of this county.”
Before being elected Sheriff, Robinson worked his way through the ranks, starting as a jailer, then patrol deputy assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit. He was promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant, and was later promoted to captain and was assigned as commander of the Patrol Division.
He later became commander of the Criminal Investigation Unit, and in September, 2004, was named chief deputy.
“I have spent the last 26 years of my life enforcing laws and commanding various divisions of the sheriff’s office,” Robinson said. “We will continue to serve with integrity and professionalism.”
According to the press release, Robinson said that since he has been in office, the department has generated more than $1 million in annual revenue for the county.
Robinson said also that he is proud of the fact that he was instrumental in the drive to erect the new District Court building and the construction plans for the new Sheriff’s Office facility.
“Not only that, we have more presence in the county now because we have increased our patrols, especially in the rural areas,” Robinson said. “I promised Jefferson County residents we would vigorously fight crime, make it very uncomfortable for criminals, to ensure that Jefferson County is a safe place to live for all.”
Recently, Robinson received the Williams Townsend Elks Lodge “Humanitarian Award” for outstanding service to the community. He is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff’s Association.
A native of Humphrey, Robinson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a bachelor of science degree. He served in the U.S. Army for 14 years as a combat engineer, including service in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. While in the military, he graduated from the Army Military Leadership School where he earned honors.
Robinson is also a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and the FBI National Academy, located in Quantico, Va.
“When I first ran for Sheriff, we promised the people of Jefferson County that this agency would work hard, and we have, by most accounts, done that,” Robinson said in the press release. “When residents from Jefferson County are questioned about our county, I want them to be able to say: ‘It’s a great place to live.’”
Robinson is a member of First Missionary Baptist Church at Humphrey and the father of two children, Chardell and Christian.
“I love this community and every day I put on my uniform, I know that the residents of Jefferson County have placed their trust in my leadership, and for that, I am firmly committed to maintaining that trust,” he stated.
Retired Arkansas State Trooper Roger McLemore, who challenged Robinson unsuccessfully two years ago, has announced his intention to run, as has former sheriff’s deputy and Altheimer Police Chief James Murry, who will be making his first bid for public office. Both are Democrats.