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Timothy Ray "Tim" Ryals
Sheriff of Faulkner County, Arkansas
Assumed office
Preceded by Andy Shock
Personal details
Born Timothy Ray Ryals
October 26, 1962(1962-10-26) (age 60)
Sheridan, Grant County
Arkansas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Wendy Ryals
Children Five children
Residence Conway, Faulkner County
Alma mater University of Central Arkansas

Timothy Ray Ryals, known as Tim Ryals (born October 26, 1962),[1] is the Republican sheriff of Faulkner County in central Arkansas, a position to which he was elected in 2016.

A veteran of the United States Army, Ryals resides in Conway, Arkansas.

Law enforcement career

After serving in the United States Army, Ryals transitioned into a career in law enforcement as a reserve deputy for the Saline County Sheriff’s Department. He studied criminal justice at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He soon was assigned to a number of high-profile cases and was promoted to jailor, patrol officer, supervisor, dive team member, and narcotics investigator. After six years of service, he joined the Arkansas State Police, for which he was a member of the narcotics division, a pilot for the Aircraft Division, trooper for the Arkansas Highway Patrol in Faulkner and Pulaski counties, a member of the drug interdiction, K-9 Unit, and SWAT teamd.

Political career

On March 1, 2012, Ryals announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Faulkner County sheriff,[2] but he was badly defeated in the Republican primary. He finished the race with 2,759 votes (33.5 percent).[3]

In 2015, Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Andy Shock, Ryals' intra-party opponent in 2012, to the Arkansas State Parole Board,[4] Ryals then announced his plans to run once more for the Republican nomination for sheriff in 2016.[5] Following a significant software hiccup that delayed vote totals, Faulkner County released the final unofficial results for the primary election at nearly midnight.[6] The election results forced a runoff election between Tim Ryals and Rocky Lawrence. Ryals won the runoff election with more than 65 percent of the votes cast.[7] He then prevailed as well in the general election held on November 8, 2016.

Personal life

Sheriff Ryals is a member of the Cowboy church in Conway, for which he performs in the music ministry and offers spiritual guidance and advice. He is a graduate of the Agape School of World Evangelism. He is involved too in the Renewal Ranch and Soul Food Cafe. Ryals is married to Wendy Ryals, who is currently detailed with the state police for Governor Hutchinson.[8] The couple has five children and four grandchildren.


  1. "Timothy Ryals". Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  2. "Ryals announces bid for Sheriff". Conway, Arkansas: Log Cabin Democrat. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  3. Jones, Whit (23 May 2012). "Election day support the difference for Shock". Conway, Arkansas: Log Cabin Democrat. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  4. "Governor Asa Hutchinson Appoints Sheriff Andy Shock to the State Parole Board". Little Rock, Arkansas. 10 August 2015. 
  5. "Tim Ryals will run for Faulkner County Sheriff". Conway, Arkansas: Log Cabin Democrat. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  6. Anderton, Jeanette (2 March 2016). "Sheriff's race likely to be a runoff". Conway, Arkansas: Log Cabin Democrat. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  7. Anderton, Jeanette (22 March 2016). "Ryals wins Republican nomination for sheriff". Conway, Arkansas: Log Cabin Democrat. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  8. Coffman, Dempsie (2005). Arkansas state troopers : a breed apart. Philadelphia: Xlibris. pp. 207. ISBN 1-4134-9716-0. 

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