Eric Koonce, 45, announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Sheriff of Van Buren County.


Koonce and his wife of 24 years, Lesley (Newland), are life-long residents of Van Buren County and live in Clinton. Koonce was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Son to the late Donny and Dena Koonce. He is a father of three children, 23 year old son Donny living in Conway and daughters Ava 14 and Erin 12 currently cheerleaders attending school at Clinton.


He is 1990 graduated of Clinton High School and served 4 years in the U.S. Army as an Engineer during the Gulf War era. He spent one year overseas in South Korea and Camp Castle and three years in El Paso, Texas, at Fort Bliss. Koonce is also a 2001 graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden, Arkansas.


Koonce has 21 years law enforcement experience in Van Buren County and is currently the Lieutenant Investigator employed with the Clinton Police Department. He is currently with Clinton Fire Department for 3 and a half years. He worked under the last 4 sheriffs and feels as though each one had their own strengths and weaknesses. Koonce feels as though this gives him a unique insight to the resolutions of the problems that the sheriff’s department currently exhibits.


Koonce says if elected he will bring a new level of structure, cohesion and professionalism ot the Sheriff’s Department making it one you can continue to be proud of. His goals include a high standard of accountability of Sheriff’s department expenditures and operating within a set budget; to enforce equal opportunity employment practices; to reduce the fuel budget by parking all non-essential vehicles; reduce the number of thefts by putting more deputies on over nights; increase security to better prevent inmate excapst of walk offs from the Detention Center and to develop and maintain a good working relationship with other county officials to more effectively protect and serve the tax paying residents of Van Buren County.


Koonce feels as though he has a vested interest in the community and whether elected as Sheriff or not hie will continue to give back to the community. He asks for your support in the May 2018 election aby speaking your mind when you cast your vote.