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(L to R) Deputy David Cockrell and Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. at a virtual retirement celebration. 




Alicia Dorn

Communications Director/Public Information Officer




DEPUTY COCKRELL RETIRES FROM JCSO AFTER 13 YEARS: Jefferson County, Arkansas - December 21, 2020 - Since 2007, Deputy David Cockrell has served with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. On December 21, 2020, family and friends celebrated his life of service to the Jefferson County community via Zoom at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

"Deputy Cockrell has been an amazing example of what a great employee should be," said Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. "He always shows up when needed, goes above and beyond the call of duty, and never complains. Deputy Cockrell's departure by way of retirement creates a void that I believe all members of JCSO find difficult to fill. His absence means that our agency loses more than a decade of experience and mentorship."

Deputy Cockrell served in the Civil/Warrants Division until his retirement. He plans to travel and spend more time with his family during his retirement.

"Thank you for allowing me to do what I have done for all these years," said Cockrell.

Civil/Warrants Lieutenant Anthony Craig stated that he will miss Deputy Cockrell and is deeply saddened by his departure.

"I have you on speed dial, so I will be calling you soon," said Lt. Craig.

JCSO Chief Deputy Stanley James described Deputy Cockrell as a dedicated and reliable employee.

"If this agency had five more employees just like you, it would make our jobs a whole lot easier," said Chief James.

JCSO gratefully acknowledges, congratulates, and extends best wishes to Deputy Cockrell in honor of his retirement after thirteen years of outstanding public service.


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Sheriff Woods presenting a resolution to Deputy Cockrell in honor of his retirement


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(L to R) Deputy David Cockrell receiving a plaque from Civil/Warrants Lieutenant Anthony Craig 


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(L to R) Deputy David Cockrell receiving a watch as a retirement gift from Sheriff Woods.