Phillips County Sheriff Ronnie White has announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. He will not seek re-election in 2012.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens as sheriff and collector since 2001,” said White in a prepared statement. “But after nearly 30 years in law enforcement it is time for me to retire.”
Sheriff White became a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Kenneth Winfrey in 1988. After Winfrey retired, deputy T. L. Green was appointed by the quorum court and served as the county's only African-American sheriff. White ran for sheriff in 2000 and was elected. He took office as sheriff and collector in 2001.
“During my law enforcement career I have seen and had to deal with numerous tragedies and horrible events,” commented White. “Law enforcement officers often see people at their very worst or the most tragic moments of their lives. I have seen plenty of the down side of life in my career. I still have faith in people and I truly believe that for every negative event we see in the media, there are thousands of good deeds that we never hear about.”
White said he wanted to express his thanks to the citizens of Phillips County for their support during his tenure as sheriff.
“I truly hope that I have served our community well,” White concluded. “I have tried my best to do the right thing for the public that I have been blessed to serve.”