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Chief Atkinson recognized for 50 Years of Service




Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Recognizes Hempstead County Chief Deputy Sheriff T.P. “Mickey” Atkinson for his fifty (50) years of dedicated Law Enforcement Service to the State of Arkansas.

Chief Atkinson was recognized at the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit held at Camp Robinson Tuesday October 3, 2017. He was named Law Enforcement of the Year for Hempstead County by Attorney General Rutledge.

T.P. “Mickey” Atkinson began his career in February of 1967... as a Deputy Sheriff for Desha County Sheriff Robert Moore until the Sheriff’s death in a 1974 motor vehicle accident. Atkinson then served as City Marshall for Arkansas City, Arkansas until 1977.

Atkinson was hired as a patrol officer for the City of McGehee, Arkansas in 1977, where he served in various positions including Chief of Police. Atkinson accepted a position from Sheriff Jerry Crane in 1993 as an Investigator for the Hempstead County Sheriff’s office where he served until December 31, 2010.

Sheriff James Singleton appointed Atkinson as his Chief Deputy on January 1, 2011 and he remains in that position at this time.

Chief Atkinson is a shining example as to what a dedicated Law Enforcement Officer strives to be during their career. Most officers are looking forward to just putting in enough time to get a retirement and then move on to other things, Not Chief Atkinson, he remains dedicated to not only the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office but to the entire Law Enforcement Profession.

Congratulations, Chief Atkinson,


James A. Singleton, Sheriff