Pine Bluff Police Chief Ivan Whitfield is announcing his candidacy for City Council in Ward 3. Whitfield has been in law enforcement for 35 years and said he has significant experience with community relations. He has not yet said when he will retire from the Police Department.

A news release said that Whitfield “has provided leadership and guidance to every division of the Pine Bluff Police Department, including the facilitation of a $10 million budget, adding that he “feels blessed and takes pride in helping to meet the needs of Pine Bluff citizens. As Third Ward Alderman, Whitfield purports that working in an environment where service and community support will reign supreme is his continued purpose.”

Under the leadership of Pine Bluff’s local governance, Whitfield “pledges to work towards economic accountability and job creation. Playing a vital role in creating positive activities for the city’s youth via city baseball, basketball, pay camp, harvest fest, Police Santa and coloring contest, Whitfield believes that additional positive outlets can be implemented to assist in the feat of child development,” the news release said.

As Third Ward Alderman, Whitfield said that he would be “afforded the opportunity to work with other elected officials to continue to provide a safe community for our citizens as well as employment for those who desires to learn, grow, and be productive citizens of society,” according to the news release.

Whitfield is married to Pine Bluff City Clerk Loretta Whitfield. They have one daughter and one grand-daughter. He is a member of the Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church and serves as president of the NAACP in Pine Bluff. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and a 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Whitfield is seeking the position currently held by Alderman Bill Brumett, who has announced his intention to run for another four-year term. Former Third Ward Alderman Glen Brown Sr. has also announced he will be a candidate for the position.