Former Logan County Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Mark Limbird of Scranton has announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the office of Logan County Judge.
“No matter where I resided throughout my life, I have always considered Logan County home,” Limbird said. “I was born in Paris and lived in Logan County until I was 21 years old. My mother lived in Logan County all her life, and trips home were always a special treat. Having been back in the area for over 15 years now, I feel it is an honor to be able to give back to the people of this County a small portion of what they gave to me and my family.”
Limbird is a graduate of Paris High School. He served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He attended and graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting.
Limbird served as a special agent and manager with the Treasury Department for 24 years, retiring in 1998. He returned to Logan County in 1998 and built a home near Scranton, where he resides with his wife, Karen.
He has a daughter, Andrea, and a son, Chris, and five grandchildren. In November 2000, he was elected Logan County Sheriff and served in that capacity from January 2001 through December 2006.
Since that time he has worked as an independent contractor for a national accounting firm. In 2008, he was elected Justice of the Peace for District 1 and served on the Logan County Quorum Court from 2009 through 2012. In January 2011, he was appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to a six-year term as a panel member of the Committee on Professional Conduct.
“I believe as your county judge I can provide a new and increased level of leadership and direction for the county,” he said. “Logan County has entered into some tough economic times and needs someone at the helm that has experience managing both budgets and people. Several challenges facing the great people of this county are continued road improvements, employee compensation, upgrading the detention center, and assistance to rural fire departments. All of this must be accomplished within the budgetary constraints we are currently under.
“I will wholeheartedly embrace the duties and responsibilities that come with the office of Logan County Judge if elected,” he said. “I believe all my life experiences and career paths have made me uniquely qualified for the office of Logan County Judge. Many of you know me personally or remember how dedicated I was while serving as your Logan County Sheriff. I promise I will bring that same level of enthusiasm, dedication, and vision to the office of Logan County Judge.”