Sheriff Shane Jones
Sheriff Shane Jones began his law enforcement career as a corrections officer for the Pope County Detention Center in January of 1996. In 1998, he was promoted to Patrol Deputy and served in that capacity, working his way through the ranks to Patrol Sergeant and then Patrol Lieutenant. In 2014, Jones made the decision to run for election to the office of Sheriff of Pope County. Having won the primary, and with no other opponent, Sheriff Jones was sworn into office on January 1, 2015 making him the 51st Sheriff of Pope County. Throughout his career, Sheriff Jones has been certified in various courses of law enforcement, including Tactical Officer Survival School, Field Training Officer, Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, Advanced Supervision, Firearms Instructor Course, Arkansas Leader and Arkansas Sheriff's Association Sheriffs' School. Sheriff Jones is a graduate of Plainview High School and ALETA.
Chief Deputy Blake Wilson
Chief Deputy Blake E. Wilson began his law enforcement career with the Arkansas State Police in 1984. He retired December 31, 2014 and accepted the position as Chief Deputy of the Pope County Sheriff’s Office January 1, 2015. While serving with the Arkansas State Police, he was selected Trooper of the year in 2007. That same year, he received the department’s highest award, the Medal of Valor. In 2008, he was named by the Arkansas State Attorney General’s Office as Officer of the Year. Chief Wilson is a graduate of the Criminal Justice School of Supervision and the FBI/CJI Arkansas Leader Program. He is a native of Pope County, graduated from Russellville High School and attended Arkansas Tech University.
Captain James Lean
Captain James Lean began his law enforcement career as a corrections officer for the Pope County Detention Center in 1994. In 1997, he was promoted to Patrol Deputy and served in that capacity, working his way through the ranks to Patrol Sergeant and then Patrol Lieutenant. In 2018 Lean was promoted to Patrol Captain where he supervises the uniformed division at the Pope County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout his career, Captain Lean has worked in numerous capacities including Patrol Supervisor, Field Training Officer, Bailiff, and Transport Officer. Captain Lean is a graduate of Russellville High School, ALETA, and the Criminal Justice School of Law Enforcement Supervision.