Several Jefferson County elected officials including the sheriff, county clerk, circuit clerk, assessor, treasurer, tax collector, coroner and one justice of the peace have announced their intentions to seek re-election in the May 22 primary election.

Several Jefferson County elected officials including the sheriff, county clerk, circuit clerk, assessor, treasurer, tax collector, coroner and one justice of the peace have announced their intentions to seek re-election in the May 22 primary election.

Sheriff

Sheriff Gerald Robinson, County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson, Circuit Clerk Lafayette Woods Sr., Assessor Yvonne Hawkins Humphrey, Treasurer Elizabeth Rinchuso, Tax Collector Stephanie Stanton and Coroner Chad Kelley are Democrats and Justice of the Peace Ted Harden is a Republican.

Sheriff Gerald Robinson is currently serving his third term in office, and said under his administration, the department has grown to 204 employees, the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center was finished and opened, and the department also took over management of the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center.

“We are aggressive in pursuit of dead beat dads, drug dealers, sexual predators, and all aspects of crime,” Robinson said. “We bring in over $1 million in revenue annually to the county; we were instrumental in building the new District Court building, and so much more.

“Other accomplishments include Jefferson County Clean Team, Juvenile Clean Team, pay for stay and the list goes on and on,” Robinson said.

A native of Humphrey, Robinson graduated from Humphrey High School and has a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

He is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and the FBI National Academy, as well as both primary and secondary U.S. Army Leadership Schools.

Robinson is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of the White Hall Lions Club.

County Clerk

County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson is currently serving her second term and was an employee in the office for 10 years before being first elected in 2008.

“Since I have been in office, I have provided each employee with formal training pertaining to their role in the office and will continue to do so,” Johnson said. “In 2011, semi-monthly payroll was implemented without having to hire new employees.”

In addition, the County Clerk’s Office now has a website, www.jeffcocc.com “with information and services that are provided to the public,” Johnson said. “Under my continued leadership, the County Clerk’s Office shall continue to strive for excellence and public service to the citizens of Jefferson County.”

A native of Pine Bluff, Johnson graduated from Merrill High School and attended Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.)

She is a member of the Arkansas Association of County Clerks, the Democratic Central Committee, NAACP and the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

Circuit Clerk

Circuit Clerk Layafette Woods Sr. is currently serving his second term and said he is seeking re-election “to continue to implement ideas and programs that will enhance the public service of the Clerk’s Office.”

In 2009, Woods implemented the Arkansas Juror Software System for the court system, and said as additional funds become available, he will implement the scanning/imaging system to include all other documents.

“Under my continued leadership, the Circuit Clerk’s Office shall continue to stay on the cutting edge of technological advancements and with the help of the 15 employees in the Clerk’s Office, the Circuit Clerk’s Office shall continue to strive for excellence in public service to the citizens of Jefferson County.”

A native of Pine Bluff, Woods graduated from Dollarway High School, received a bachelor of arts degree at Arkansas Baptist College, and a master of science degree from UAPB.

He retired after 22 years in the military, is a member of the Arkansas Association of Circuit Clerks, the Disabled Veterans of America, and the American Legion.

Assessor

Yvonne Hawkins Humphrey is completing her first term as county assessor and said if re-elected,“I will continue to provide the service all residents of Jefferson County deserve.”

“As of January 2012, we proudly present Assess Personal Property online at www.assessjefferson county.com,” Humphrey said.

A native of Pine Bluff, Humphrey graduated from Townsend Park High School and Arkansas AM& N College, and has attended numerous training courses and workshops for assessors.

She is a member of the NAACP, Democratic Women, Arkansas Assessors Association, the Arkansas and International Association of Assessing Officers, and the Association of Arkansas Counties.

Treasurer

Elizabeth “Liz” Rinchuso is currently serving her seventh term as treasurer, and has worked for Jefferson County for more than 25 years, beginning as deputy in the treasurer’s office in 1987, then was chief deputy before being elected for the first time.

“I’ve developed the procedures being used in the Treasurer’s Office and am very proud to say that since I’ve been in office, we have always received perfect audits from the State of Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit,” Rinchuso said. “I have extensive knowledge of all aspects of the Treasurer’s Office, from the laws governing finance and investements to preparing revenue estimates and monthly reports for the Quorum Court detailing the financial condition of the county.

“I feel my experience, trustworthiness and stability in the Treasurer’s office and in county government make me the most qualified person to be Jefferson County Treasurer,” she said.

A native of Blytheville, Rinchuso is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School and Jonesboro Business College where she was a Business Accounting major, and is certified with more than 100 hours through the Arkansas County Treasurer’s Association Continuing Education program administered by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Arkansas Public Administration Consortium.

She is a member of the Democratic Central Committee, Jefferson County Democratic Women, Arkansas County Treasurer’s Association where she is a past legislative liaison and executive board member and a member of the Apprentice Treasurer’s Automation Committee.

Tax Collector

Stephanie Glover Stanton is currently serving her fourth term as tax collector, and has worked for Jefferson County since 1989, first in the county clerk’s office, then moving to the tax collector’s office in 1998, first as a deputy tax collector, then was promoted to Chief Deputy/DDP System Manager in 2003.

“Since I have taken office, we have implemented a website where customers can view their accounts as well as pay their accounts online, and are able to take credit cards in office, implemented a 24 hour drop box, and computerized bookkeeping systems,” Stanton said. “I am always looking for ways to update our office and stay up with the latest technology; we are currently working towards an online database for receipts.

“Because of my extensive experience in the collector’s office, I feel I am the most qualified for this position,” she said.

A native of Little Rock, Stanton is a graduate of White Hall High School, has 185 credited hours in the Tax Collector’s Continuing Education program accredited by Arkansas Tech University, and has completed several data processing courses at Southeast Arkansas College.

She is a member of the Democratic Central Committee, Arkansas County Tax Collector’s Association, the Association of Arkansas Counties and the Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Board of Directors.

Coroner

Chad Kelley is currently serving his second term as Jefferson County coroner, and prior to that was a deputy coroner and then chief deputy coroner.

“Over the last 11 years, I have received extensive training in death investigation,” Kelley said. “I feel this is something in which I have excelled.

“Giving the deceased the utmost dignity and respect they deserve, assisting their families in a time of tragedy, and helping them cope with the death of a loved one is an extremely important job,” he said. “I feel I am the most qualified person to be Jefferson County coroner because of the extensive training and the hundreds of deaths that I have worked. I feel I was meant to take care of the people of Jefferson County in this way.”

A native of Pine Bluff, Kelley graduated from Watson Chapel High School and was an honors graduate of SEARK College with an associate degree of arts.

He has completed the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course and Death Investigator Masters 13 Course for Advanced Death Investigation at the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Kelley is a member of the Arkansas County Coroner’s Association, the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee, the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, and the Society of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Justice of Peace

Justice of the Peace Ted Harden of White Hall has announced his intention to seek re-election to the District 12 seat on the Jefferson County Quorum Court.

Harden, a Republican, currently serves as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and is a member of the Finance, Building and Grounds and Education Committees of the county’s legislative body.

He is also a member of the Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.

“I appreciate the trust that has been afforded me for several years to represent District 12 and Jefferson County as Justice of the Peace on the Quorum Court and if re-elected, I will continue to be a strong voice for my constituents in order to ensure that we maintain sound public safety, quality of life and financial security in our county,” Harden said.

“As a fiscal conservative, I pledge to be prudent in the manner with which we allocate your overall county revenues that are in excess of $28 million, and as always, I will avail myself for any concerns or issues that may arise,” Harden said.