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LawCo native is
new ASP director



Stan Witt

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

Governor Mike Beebe named Lawrence County native Stan Witt of Austin to replace Col. JR Howard as the director of the Arkansas State Police on Monday.

Witt said at a recent press conference, "I'm humbled to have even been considered for the job, actually being named director of the State police still seems like it's a dream come true. There's not a trooper out there who at one time or another hasn't thought about possibly getting the chance to lead the State police."

Witt, who grew up in Imboden and graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School, began his law enforcement career in Walnut Ridge as a radio operator for the police department. He became a patrolman in 1976.

"I was 18 years old when I was hired as radio operator for the Walnut Ridge Police Department, followed by the promotion to patrolman a short time later." said Witt. "Throughout the last 27 years with the State police I've never forgotten the good people of Lawrence County who helped me start my law enforcement career."

Witt pursued law enforcement at Black River Technical College and Arkansas State University.

During his career in Lawrence County, Witt served the sheriff's department as a patrolman and criminal investigator. In 1983 he became the chief deputy for the department and was elected sheriff in 1984.

Witt also served as Imboden marshal and on the Jonesboro police force.

In 1985 he joined the Arkansas State Police and was commissioned in October of that year. He spent the next seven years with Troop B in Sharp County.

"One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was resign as Lawrence County Sheriff after serving only a year, but an opportunity arose in 1985 that I couldn't turn down - the job of becoming a State Trooper," Witt said. "I've always been blessed to have had the opportunities the citizens of Lawrence County gave me, and I will never forget the confidence everyone had in me and the encouragement they offered along the way."

Witt's career with ASP included working with CID and serving as a sergeant with the highway patrol. In 2007 he was assigned to operations in the director's office at the ASP headquarters.

Witt was promoted to the rank of captain in 2010 and became the assistant commander in administrative services. Earlier this month he was promoted to major.

"Stan Witt has a wealth of law-enforcement experience, and will approach the role of director with the thorough and even-handed manner that has earned him respect and admiration," Gov. Mike Beebe said. "His 27 years with the ASP have made him an expert in policies, practices and procedures: knowledge that will serve him well as the leader of this great agency."

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