Logan County Sheriff Boyd Dan Hicks has announced that he will seek a third term as County Sheriff in the 2018 elections.

If elected, Hicks will serve a four-year term and also announced it will be his last. The term of office for county officials was increased to four years from two years after passage of a Constitutional Amendment in November. Hicks was elected County Sheriff in 2014 and re-elected, without opposition, in 2016.

Hicks indicated that he wanted to remain in office until the new Logan County Jail in Paris is completed. The facility is currently being planned and construction is expected to start later this year and it is expected it will take two years to build.

“I was hoping the jail would be completed by the end of this term in office,” Hicks said. “My family was hoping I’d retire by the end of this term because it’s a stressful job.

“After much prayer and reasoning with my family, speaking to my friends and some of you, as well as encouragement from many Citizens of Logan County, I have decided that I will seek a third and final term as your Logan County Sheriff,” Hicks wrote in a Facebook post announcing his decision.

Hicks said he’s heard from voters who appreciate the work he and his deputies are doing, adding “I just want to see the department continue moving in the right direction.”

Hicks also said he received encouragement to run again from his deputies and members of the public.

“The deputies asked me to run again and to let them know my response,” Hicks said. “This is to let them know what I intend to do.”

Prior to being elected County Sheriff, Hicks served as Magazine Police Chief, on the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force, as an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer and as a Booneville Police Department officer.

Hicks said he doesn’t know if anyone else is planning to run for the job.

“I look forward to finishing out my second term next year and beginning my third, four-year term in January of 2019, if the Lord is willing and you, the Citizens of Logan County, decide so,” Hicks wrote in his Facebook post.