Marty Boyd, Craighead County Sheriff's Department assistant chief deputy, is hoping to succeed his boss, Jack McCann, as the next sheriff of Craighead County. Boyd announced Monday that he is running in the May 2012 Democratic Primary Election.
Boyd, 41, said he's proud of his heritage and that being a lifelong resident and having all his family still living here gives him additional incentive. "My parents are L.J. and Barbara Boyd, Wanda and Ed Vaughn, and they all live in Jonesboro," Boyd said. "I've been married to Tonya for 17 years, and I've been at the Sheriff's office for 20...so our entire life has been built on my career here. Tonya teaches at Valley View where our daughter, Neely, attends. Having a child in school gives me a perspective of some of the things we need to be doing."
Boyd graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1988. He began his career with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office in 1991 under Sheriff Larry Emison. "I started as a dispatcher and detention officer before being promoted to deputy sheriff a year later," Boyd said. He graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1993 and in 1999 was promoted to patrol supervisor by Sheriff McCann. Boyd was named assistant deputy in 2001, a position he has held for the past 10 years.
Boyd is a professional law enforcement instructor, a field training officer, a project lifesaver instructor, and a 2010 graduate of the Arkansas Leader Program from The Criminal Justice Institute. He has served as a guest instructor for the Black River Law Enforcement Training Academy since 2000, as well as holding numerous additional certificates of training and achievement in law enforcement. He and his family are active members of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro and are members of RAID (Residents Against Illegal Drugs). He is a member of the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) and the Arkansas Sheriff's Association.
"I believe that my training, experience and commitment over the course of 20 years of public service and law enforcement to the citizens of Craighead County make me a well-qualified candidate for sheriff," Boyd said. "It has been a privilege and an honor to serve throughout those years. I have been very encouraged by the support I've received as I announce my candidacy, and I look forward to meeting and visiting with more people throughout the county as we run this campaign and work toward becoming the next sheriff of Craighead County."