Jonesboro, AR – Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd filed for re-election today as soon as the filing period opened at noon. But today, for the first time, Boyd filed as a Republican.
“The move to the Republican party was not done hastily,” Boyd said in a release. “Those people I am closest to in my inner circle, including County Judge Marvin Day, have been aware of this for quite some time. It was even announced previously at a Republican fundraiser. These conversations have been happening for a few years, and the decision was made several months ago.”
Sheriff Boyd said that regardless of party affiliation, his commitment to the safety and security of the citizens of Craighead County are the same as they’ve been for his entire – nearly 32-year career with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office.
“I started in 1991 as a detention officer, and worked my way up through the ranks, serving in several capacities until being elected as Sheriff in 2012,” Boyd said. “Being elected Sheriff has been the greatest honor of my life, and it is humbling to be allowed to serve the people of Craighead County. I hope they will give me the opportunity to do it for another term.”
Boyd cited several accomplishments since being elected Sheriff 10 years ago, including:
• Increased patrols for our rural county areas to combat crime and making sure we give the highest level of security possible to our citizens.
• Started a tax set off program that targets the collection of fines and restitution so that money returns to victims of crime.
• Partnered with 3 area school districts to ensure the safety of our children and build relationships with future generations.
• Strived to work with other local leaders of our county to make sure we work together on issues.
• Instilled in our deputies and employees the importance of professionalism and achieved that goal through training and education to enhance the safety to the citizens of Craighead County.
Throughout his career, Boyd has been a highly decorated public servant and a recognized leader in law enforcement in the state of Arkansas. Among his accomplishments are:
• Current President of the Arkansas Sheriffs Association
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Arkansas Counties
• Appointed to the Governor’s Task force to advance the state of Law Enforcement
• Member of the commission to the Law Enforcement public safety grant program
• 2013 appointment to the Arkansas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force
• 2018 Public Elected Official of the year by the National Association of social workers
• 2019 Arkansas Attorney General’s outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the year for NEA region
• 2019 recognized by Arkansas State University as a Hometown Hero
• Recently nominated to serve on the Arkansas Safe School Commission
And yet Boyd says there is much to still be accomplished.
“We still have a lot to do for Craighead County,” Boyd said. “While we have accomplished much of what we set out to do, there is still significant work to be done. I am committed to leading this department and our partnering agencies as we tackle the issues most important to the residents of this county. I think we have done a good job, and I know we have worked hard. I’m asking for another opportunity continue that work, and I hope the citizens of Craighead County will allow us to do just that.”
Boyd and been married to his wife Tonya, a retired educator, for 28 years. They have one daughter who currently attends Arkansas State University.