Mississippi County Sheriff Leroy Meadows has announced he will run for reelection for his ninth term as Mississippi County Sheriff."I want to thank the voters of Mississippi County for giving me the opportunity to serve," he said. "I am looking forward to serving another two years." Meadows expected to file for reelection next week on the Democratic ticket. Meadows said he has been in civilian law enforcement since 1964, 20 years of that with the Arkansas State Police."What I am really proud of is that we were able to get a new jail, " he said, adding the sheriff's department moved into the new facility in July, 1999.
"The additional expansion has allowed us to hold delinquent fathers who have not paid their child support in addition to the other criminals," he said. Meadows said the county jail facility has processed anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 prisoners through the jail since the new facility was constructed."Some may stay an hour or two, others stay for months waiting trial."
Over the past few years, Meadows said the number of violent crimes have gone down, although drug crimes have "held their own." He said decreasing the number of drug crimes in this county has been and will continue to be a priority for him in his next term of office. In addition, Meadows said he wants to complete the software upgrade in county patrol cars and the dispatch center, allowing officers to complete their reports in their vehicles and transmit them directly to the office, and upgrading the GPS system to locate any squad car at any time. Meadows said he pledges to take on these and any other projects that may become necessary in order to continue to protect the citizens of Mississippi County. "I want to continue to serve the people of Mississippi County," he said.