Rector Native Promoted in Jefferson County
Recently, Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson announced the promotion of Sergeant Gerald Andy Hoots to the rank of lieutenant, and his re-assignment to the agencies Criminal Investigation Division (CID). A native of Rector, Hoots attended both Rector and Greenway High Schools. He is the son of Jo Ann Hoots and the late Gerald Hoots.
With the promotion, Hoots will have the primary responsibility for coordinating, developing and reviewing CID operations as well as the responsibility for discipline, supervision, and evaluation of assigned personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the division.
"From helping shape our aviation wing known as "Air 1" to supervising our Uniformed Patrol Division and Narcotics Investigation, Andy has been a key part of the success of this agency, and we were thrilled to promote him to this important position," said Sheriff Robinson.
Lieutenant Hoots, 52, of Jefferson County, is a 21 year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. He began his law enforcement career with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 2, 1995, and received his law enforcement basic training at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) in 1996, as a member of Class 96-C. Hoots has previously worked in the Uniformed Patrol, Service, and Criminal Investigation Divisions. Additionally, he also played an integral role during his assignment to the Tri-County Drug Task Force--supervising narcotics investigations in Jefferson, Lincoln, and Arkansas counties. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in August of 2004.
Hoots earned his pilot's license in May of 2005, and began operating the sheriff's office Cessna single engine aircraft, which the agency uses for search and rescue along with covert aerial surveillance operations. He is also a certified training instructor and a May 2013 graduate of the 41st session of the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institutes "School of Law Enforcement Supervision".