JONESBORO — Former Deputy Circuit Clerk Andrew Stricklin announced Thursday his bid for the Craighead Circuit Clerk’s Office in 2022.

“From my over seven years of combined experience and knowledge from working in both the Circuit Clerk’s Office and the District Court Clerk’s Office, I will be able to hit the ground running on day one to take care of the duties of circuit clerk,” Stricklin said in a press release. “My qualifications put me in a unique position to do the best job possible with my extensive knowledge and experience in using and training others in the use of the state court system (CONTEXT) and Fidlar Land Records system (AVID).”

Stricklin said he is also familiar with the P-Card purchasing system currently being used by the County.

Stricklin was born and raised in Craighead County and is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in business management with emphasis on human resource management.

While attending Arkansas State, he served as an officer in the student chapter of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Stricklin’s family were the original owners of the Fish Boat Restaurant in Jonesboro. He said growing up in the family business provided him valuable skills for a lifetime that will be beneficial as circuit clerk, Stricklin said.

From those years of experience, Stricklin said he learned the importance of leadership understanding how each position in a organization works and subsequently works together.

“That is something I will put to use in the Circuit Clerk’s Office,” Stricklin said.

He has been involved in the community with countless volunteer hours to several community service organizations. Some of the most recent have been with such organizations as the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro, Jonesboro Fraternal Order of Police (associate member), Jonesboro Police Department Citizen Police Academy (graduate session VII) as well as both the Republican Party of Arkansas and the Craighead County Republican Committee and numerous political campaigns over the years.

He has been a life-long political activist in the Republican Party of Arkansas starting with his college years serving as an officer in the Arkansas State College Republicans, the state secretary in the Arkansas Young Republicans and several terms as secretary for the Craighead County Republican Committee.

The Circuit Clerk’s Office has been in the news a great deal in recent years with many issues arising from poor management and inexperienced leadership, Stricklin said.

“As your circuit clerk, I will be in my office and working alongside my staff to take care of the enormous responsibility of being the custodian of the records for the Circuit Court here in Craighead and the ex officio county recorder,” he said. “There are a number of issues that our next circuit clerk will be required to address and correct.”