Sheriff Appointed as Parole Board Commissioner
It’s impossible for me to overstate how much of an honor it is for Governor Hutchinson to place his trust in me with a position of such importance to people of the State of Arkansas. I am humbled by this appointment and look forward to bringing my law enforcement experience to the parole board so we can work together to best protect the citizens of this state. Public safety is government’s first responsibility. That responsibility has always been, and will continue to be, my overriding concern as we face difficult and complex criminal justice issues.
However, it’s also a bittersweet day for me. The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office has been my home away from home and my second family for most of my adult life. I’m going to miss spending daily time with my fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters. However, the sting of walking away from the office of sheriff is lessened by the knowledge that I am leaving the department in the capable hands of the men and women who wake up every morning with a willingness to lay their lives on the line and a simple desire to serve and protect their community. I will continue to support efforts at the county level to make sure our law enforcement officers receive the respect they have earned and are made a budgetary priority by county government.
In the coming days and weeks ahead, I will have more information on the transition to an interim sheriff and my thoughts on the long-term prospects for the position. Most of all, I want to thank the people of Faulkner County for trusting me with the task of protecting and serving the greatest county in the State of Arkansas. It has been the honor of a lifetime for a young man from Enola, Arkansas, an honor I will never forget.
-Sheriff Andy Shock-
"Andy brings hands-on experience in criminal justice from his tenure as sheriff of Faulkner County. He understands the justice system, how it works, and how it should work. Because of his real-world experience and character, Andy will be a valuable asset on the Parole Board, and I am pleased that he has agreed to serve." -Governor Asa Hutchinson-