FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 3, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Jay Winters, a former director of the Arkansas Crime Information Center who died Tuesday, June 1, was one of only three agency directors that Governor Asa Hutchinson asked to stay on for his administration.
Mr. Winters, whose 19 years as sheriff of Pope County was the longest term in county history, stepped down as director of the ACIC in October 2017. When Mr. Winters resigned for health reasons, Governor Hutchinson praised him for his integrity and character.
“I want to thank Jay – a man of great integrity and character – for the incredible work he has done at ACIC through the years,” Governor Hutchinson said. “After I was elected governor in 2014, Jay was one of three agency directors that I asked to stay on. His continued stellar service confirms he was the right person for the job, and his service to our state will be missed.” Governor Hutchinson reiterated his admiration for Mr. Winters upon learning of his death.“Jay Winters served his community and state with dedication and professionalism,” Governor Hutchinson said. “I was privileged to have Jay serve in my administration as director of the Arkansas Crime Information Center. I knew Jay as a law enforcement professional and also as a man who loved his family and community. He will be greatly missed.”