Johnson County
Sheriff's Office
Clarksville, Arkansas
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Part Time / Auxiliary

Ray Christian
Deputy Ray "Buddy" Christian
Deputy Rusty Hardgrave
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
Auxiliary Deputy


Deputy Matt Jones



The Johnson County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary program has been around for many years.  The primary purpose of this program is to give people who like law enforcement a chance to put skills to work while they maintain their full-time jobs.  This is a non-paid, volunteer position. Auxiliary deputies supplement patrol for full-time deputies, transport prisoners, take reports, make arrests, serve warrants and provide security for public events such as the Johnson County Peach Festival and County Fair.  The full time deputy on duty supervises the Auxiliary Deputies.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Auxiliary is a vital part of the Sheriff's Office and we are proud of the hard work and dedication these officers provide every day.

Auxiliary deputies must be 21 years old and complete a physical and psychological exam prior to their appointment.  They must complete a part-time II course with a minimum of 160 hours of training, which includes online, classroom, practical exercises, aerosol defensive spray and weapons training.  For more information on the Auxiliary Division, contact Deputy Nick McKittrick at the JCSO at 479-754-2200.





May 15, 2015 Auxiliary Deputy Sonny Smith was shot and killed as he and other deputies searched for a burglary suspect in the area of County Road 1723 at approximately 2:30 am.
He located the subject hiding in a wooded area and pursued him on foot. During the pursuit the man opened fire with a .22 caliber handgun, striking Deputy Smith in the neck. Despite the wound, Deputy Smith returned fire and wounded the subject. The man was then taken into custody. Deputy Smith was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

On May 27, 2016, the 52-year-old suspect was found guilty of murder and burglary and sentenced to 28 years for murder and five years for burglary with the sentences to run concurrently. Deputy Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

A memorial To Deputy Smith sits in the Sheriff's Office Lobby and a memorial to Deputy Smith also sits on the Johnson County Courthouse Lawn. 

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