JONESBORO — Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd has a new title: president of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association.
Boyd was elected Tuesday during the group’s summer convention, held at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the Arkansas State University campus.
He said he has served on the association’s board of directors for several years.
“I’ll be representing Arkansas on the national level during the national convention of sheriffs’ associations on June 22 in Phoenix, Ariz.,” Boyd said.
Craighead County Judge Marvin Day said Boyd will do a good job in his one-year position.
“Marty’s been such a good leader in the sheriffs’ community,” Day said. “I know he’ll do great things there.”
Day, who’s known Boyd since they were in junior high school, said they work well together.
“We get together all of the time to collaborate on projects,” he said.
Day said he’ll get advice from Boyd on county issues because of Boyd’s longtime service in the county.
Boyd was elected sheriff in November 2012 and took office in January 2013. He received more than 60 percent of the vote over Dwight Tosh, a retired Arkansas State Police captain and currently a state representative.
He served as assistant chief deputy for seven years before that. He joined the sheriff’s office in 1991.
Boyd said as president he’ll attend several in-state meetings as well as attending another national conference of sheriffs with the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., later this year.
“There’ll be several players in the room,” Boyd said of the D.C. meeting. “It’ll be an overview of law enforcement across the country.”
The Jonesboro convention centered around the latest legislation that’s come out of Little Rock concerning law enforcement. Attorneys explained details to the attendees, Boyd said.
“We have to make sure we’re all following the new laws,” he said.
Other areas touched on were detention center regulations concerning COVID-19, among other matters.
As far as being president of the ASA, Boyd said, “I look forward to it. It’s an honor to represent the sheriffs of Arkansas.
“I hope to bring a positive influence to the state of Arkansas.”