LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Ronnie Baldwin, 63, of Wynne died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Baldwin was a former Wynne police officer, Brinkley police chief and Cross County sheriff. He became executive director of the Sheriffs’ Association in 2012.
He and his wife, Martha, had two children.
“All we’ve done this morning is (take) calls from sheriffs, former sheriffs and national sheriffs calling and giving their condolences for Ronnie and Martha,” Mike Godfrey, deputy director of the Sheriffs’ Association, said Monday.
Debi Gillespie, executive assistant for the association, said Baldwin loved his job and was a tireless advocate for the law enforcement community. Issues he was focused on in recent months included jail overcrowding and mental health issues of inmates, she said.
“He was a great leader. He was a great friend.” she said.
“Ronnie Baldwin was a selfless public servant. He was a fighter, and I am saddened to learn of his passing,” Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a statement. “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.”