Yancey returns to role of chief law enforcement officer

Sheriff Jack Yancey

Former Sheriff Jack Yancey has returned to the role of chief law enforcement officer for Izard County.

Yancey was appointed by the Izard County Quorum Court Thursday night to fill the remainder of Sheriff Earnie Blackey’s term, according to a department Facebook post.

Blackley died earlier this month, nearly seven months after announcing he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.

Yancey’s appointment by the court is the second time he has been asked to fill the remainder of a term.

In 2017, the quorum court appointed him to fill the position following the death of Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Lawrence died in April 2017, after also battling cancer.

Yancey served as Izard County Sheriff from 1979 to 1990. Izard County voters elected him to six consecutive terms as sheriff, spanning from 1970 to 1991.

Since 1991, in addition to serving as interim sheriff, he was the assistant warden at the North Central Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction in Calico Rock for about five years and has been involved in various business interests.

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