Rodney "Rod" Pearson has filed as a candidate for Faulkner County Justice of the Peace, District 8.

Pearson, a Democrat, was born in Germany in 1957, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Army. His family always claimed Conway as their place of residence despite being stationed around the world with the military.

Pearson was a police officer with 34 years of service. He joined the Conway Police Department and served in all command positions, including supervising the uniformed patrol, criminal investigations and support services divisions, at times supervising more than 50 personnel.

After retiring in 2000 as a captain, he worked for VIRCO Manufacturing as supervisor of industrial security services. He joined the Faulkner County Sheriff’s office in 2001 as a deputy sheriff, and he presently serving in the role of warrants officer.

Pearson attended both the University of Central Arkansas and Central Baptist College. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law Enforcement Supervision. In addition, he has earned more than 1,000 classroom hours in supervision, management and law enforcement related training. He is 1975 graduate of Rose Bud High School in White County.

Pearson and his former spouse, Denise, has five children, ranging in age from 21 to 31. He has lived in District 8 for the past 27 years.

"I have lived in Conway for 35 years," Pearson said. "I have worked in city and county governments. While at Conway I contributed to the budget preparations of the police department for 10 years.

"I know every street in Conway and every road in Faulkner County. I have a working relationship with the majority of all local government offices. As I am planning to fully retire from law enforcement this year, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue my service to the residents of Faulkner County as a justice of the peace."