Max Young, Van Buren County Chief Deputy is formally announcing his candidacy for Van Buren County Sheriff. Max is a veteran law enforcement officer with over forty years of law enforcement experience. Young is a 1964 graduate of Dierks High school and began his police career in 1972 as a city police officer in the southwest Arkansas city of Dierks. Young graduated from the Arkansas State Police Academy in 1974 and for the next 30 years he served as a trooper in the Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division and Drug Interdiction for Arkansas State Police. He also served 15 years on the Arkansas State Police SWAT Team and also as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He also worked as a Deputy U.S. Marshal for two years.


During the course of his career, he has had countless hours of law enforcement training, both in the classroom and in the field. His tenure has resulted in several high-profile arrests; one of which was the capture and arrest of James Slack who kidnapped two Faulkner County residents. As a result of his proficiency he was featured on several episodes of the television series “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol.” Young retired from the Arkansas State Police as a Senior Corporal after 30 years of service in 2004, but continues his career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. He has been employed for the Van Buren County Sheriff’s office for over 10 years. He is also a licensed private investigator operating as Maximum Investigation.


He and his wife Shelley are the owners and operators of Mad Max Fireworks which has been in business in Greenbrier for over 25 years. Young is an avid outdoorsman and a member of the NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited. He and his wife are members of the Choctaw Church of Christ.


As Sheriff of Van Buren County, Young plans to bring unity to all facets of the Sheriff’s Office and camaraderie between all law enforcement agencies in the county. He plans to make certain that school safety is a priority and see that law enforcement and school officials work together to make this a reality. Young also wants to make it a priority that judges and county officials feel secure and are protected from harm. He plans to have a great working relationship with all county officials. Young believes that as a law enforcement officer it is not only a duty but a privilege to serve the community.