Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson hopes to retain duties as sheriff.
Incumbent Jason Watson announced today that he is seeking reelection for the office of Clark County sheriff and collector. Watson, a 1996 graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy, has served the Clark County community as a law enforcement officer in one capacity or another for 18 years. Elected sheriff in 2010 and taking the oath of office the following January, Watson serves on multiple boards, including the Arkansas Sheriff 's Youth Ranch Board, the Arkansas Sheriff 's Youth Ranch Finance Committee Board and the Group 6 Narcotics Board. Additionally, Watson has been named a member of the newly formed board that overlooks jail standards in Arkansas. Watson is married to the former Amy Wheeler of Amity. He has one daughter, Hannah, and attends Second Baptist Church in Amity, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher. "The title of sheriff is way more than being an officer," Watson explained. "It's being a friend and neighbor who is there to help, and I have taken that approach with my administration. I've enjoyed close-working relationships with our county school districts, our county churches and our county civic groups,” Watson said. "It has been a pleasure to be associated with each of these, and I look forward to the possibility of being able to continue those relationships. This job has been an honor. I've worked hard at it and pledge to continue to give 100 percent. I humbly ask for your continued support and vote." Watson has attended and successfully completed over 1,100 hours of basic and advanced law enforcement training. Those courses include, at the Criminal Justice Institute of the University of Arkansas: Advanced Supervision, Crime Scene Investigation, and Managing Interviews and Interrogations. Courses taken under the direction of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, include: ERT Basic Crime Scene, FBI SWAT Basic School, and Violence in Schools. He also has successfully completed Advanced School Resource Officer under the direction of the National School Safety Association, Death and Homicide under the Public Agency Training Council, Armed Confrontations under the Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Active Shooter Response under the direction of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy. Watson said he looks forward to continuing his police education and training to better serve Clark County. Watson has also been involved in several associations, including the International Homicide Investigators’ Association, International Crime Scene Investigators' Association, Arkansas Crisis Negotiators’ Association, Arkansas Tactical Officers’ Association, Arkansas Safe Schools Association, National Safe Schools Association and is the Master Mason of the Arkadelphia Masonic Lodge 381.