David Kelly announces candidacy for PC Sheriff

Friday, March 15, 2002

David Lee Kelly, Trumann Police Department Criminal Investigator and Patrol Sgt., has announced his candidacy for Poinsett County Sheriff.

Kelly, 34, who has 10 years experience in law enforcement said he plane to make changes in the county's law enforcement, while strengthening the bond between Poinsett County residents and law enforcement officials.

Kelly, a 1996 police academy graduate, began his career in law enforcement at the Craighead County Sheriff's Department as a jailer. In 1995, he became a member of the Trumann Police Department. He began as a dispatcher and worked his way up to his current position.

Before his promotion Kelly served as patrolman, assistant criminal investigator and K-9 handler.

If elected he plans to continue working with other law enforcement agencies, including local and state officers.

"I plan to work aggressively on the fight against drugs in Poinsett County," Kelly said.

Other plans include addressing the high crime areas within the county, saturating those problem areas with additional patrols. He plans to implement new equipment such as surveillance devices. He plans to fund the new equipment through available grant funds.

Kelly is a member of several boards and association. They include; the National Narcotics Detector Dogs Association, Peace Officers Association, Trumann Planning and Zoning Board, Arkansas Municipal Police Officers Association and Law Enforcement Thermographers Association.

Kelly is married to Tracy Kelly and is the son of Loretta Kelly of Jonesboro and Bernard Kelly of Oakley, CA. Kelly resides in Trumann.

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