Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Ronnie Baldwin

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August 29, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement after learning of the passing of Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Ronnie Baldwin.

“Ronnie Baldwin was a selfless public servant,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “He was a fighter, and I am saddened to learn of his passing. Director Baldwin spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, including time as the Sheriff of Cross County, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association and as an active member of the National Sheriffs’ Association. Director Baldwin was a man of God and was also a man of high character, which is exemplified by his involvement with the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. I join with the law enforcement community, the people of Cross County and many others in mourning the passing of this kind-hearted man, and I extend my thoughts and prayers to his wife, Martha, his family, friends and fellow officers.”

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach Internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.