Jimmy Stephens

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Service Record

Johnson County Arkansas Sheriff's Office

Rank Sheriff
Dates of Service 2019[1] - October 25, 2023[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[2]

Incident Reports

2022 Drug and Firearm Arrest

Jimmy Stephens booking photo
Jimmy Stephens

On December 3, 2022, Arkansas State Police troopers stopped Stephens as part of an FBI "corruption and narcotics investigation".[3][4]

Response Timeline

On December 3, 2022, Stephens was arrested on felony complaints of simultaneous possession of drugs and guns. Stephens faces a minimum sentence of ten years, but no more than 40 years or life.[5]

On December 5, 2022, the FBI confirmed that it had been watching Stephens as part of a corruption and narcotics investigation.[6]

On December 6, 2022, Stephens put Chief Deputy Jeremy Bennett in charge of day-to-day operations at the department.[6]

On January 10, 2023, Stephens was charged with felony simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, felony possession of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor speeding count. Stephens pleaded innocent.[6]

On October 25, 2023, Stephens pleaded guilty to felony possession of hydrocodone and was given a 6-year suspended sentence. Stephens will surrender his law enforcement certificate and resign from the agency.[2]

LEO Ratings


  1. JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF, Arkansas Sheriffs' Association
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Adam Roberts, Johnson County, Arkansas sheriff takes plea deal in drugs case, agrees to resign, 40/29 News, 2023-10-25
  3. Robert Medley, Johnson County, Ark. sheriff arrested in Crawford County, Fort Smith Times Record, 2022-12-04
  4. C.C. McCandless, FBI confirms involvement in arrest of Johnson County Sheriff, KARK, 2022-12-06
  5. Andrew Mobley, Johnson County Sheriff arrested on drug and gun charges in Crawford County, KATV, 2022-12-04
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Thomas Saccente, Johnson County sheriff pleads innocent to felony gun and drug charges, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2023-01-11