Rocky Lawrence has announced his entry into the race for Faulkner County Sheriff.

In a statement, he said:

"The time is long past for the sheriff’s office to get out of the political business and focus on its purpose — law enforcement. When an agency committed to protecting the citizens it serves loses sight of its mission amidst political games, nobody wins, especially not the taxpayers.

"As sheriff, I will end cronyism. No favors, special treatment or sense of entitlement will be allowed in the sheriff’s office. There is no place for favoritism when public safety is at stake. Hiring and promotion decisions will be based upon merit, not the good ol’ boy system.

"I am fully committed to complete openness and transparency with the citizens and press. The sheriff’s office, as a public agency, has an obligation to provide full access to information, providing it doesn’t jeopardize an investigation. I believe keeping the law enforcement process open will only benefit the public.

"I pledge to never lose sight that it’s the taxpayers that pay our bills. I have the values and practical knowledge to run a fiscally conservative budget that is efficient and effective and never soaks the public for its mistakes."

According to his website, Lawrence grew up in Texas and earned a degree in business from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2000, he and his family moved to Conway, where he began a commercial pest control company. After an introduction to law enforcement through the reserve deputy unit, he sold his company and went to work for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department, his website says.

He is a member of the Faulkner County Sheriff Department Honor Guard, a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy, a member of the NRA and of the Faulkner County Republican Committee, and is a member of Second Baptist Church in Conway.

Lawrence and his wife, Debra, have two children, Carly, 12, and Wyatt, 10.

His wife is co-owner of Conway Women’s Health Center and Cosmetic Laser Solutions.