After losing in a runoff to Jefferson County Judge Dutch King in 2012, Assistant Pine Bluff Chief of Police Ivan Whitfield is running for the office again.
Whitfield is opposing King in the May 20 Democratic Party primary. No Republican candidate filed for the position.
Whitfield has been with the Pine Bluff Police Department for almost 30 years and served in all four divisions.
Whitfield graduated from Central High School at West Helena and received a degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute in Kentucky and the School of Law Enforcement Supervision through the Criminal Justice Institute, a division of the University of Arkansas system.
“I want to build on what other county judges have done in the past,” Whitfield said. “One of the big concerns is roads and I want to see that we take care of more roads and keep them up.”
King, who was first elected County Judge is 2012, was a member of the Pine Bluff City Council for six years, and served as Mayor for four years.
He is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School and the University of Arkansas at Monticello with degree in business education and a minor in social studies.
King owns Arkansas Marketers Inc., a Pine Bluff company he has owned and operated since 1981, along with Applied Energy, which he has owner since 1985.
One of King’s priorities since taking office has been county roads.
“My first order of business upon entering office was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county operations,” King said. “The benefits were promptly demonstrated in 2013; all departments directly under my supervision used a total of 5,008.4 gallons of fuel less than was used in the previous year.”