As I reported Saturday, retired Little Rock Assistant Police Chief Eric Higgins is running for Pulaski County sheriff. to succeed retiring Sheriff Doc Holladay Carl Minden, head of the sheriff’s criminal division, had announced earlier.

Higgins issued a formal release today,

Former Little Rock Assistant Chief of Police and 30-year law enforcement veteran Eric Higgins announced his candidacy for the Office of Pulaski County Sheriff today. Higgins has devoted his career to law enforcement in Little Rock, beginning his service as a cadet in the department, and rising the ranks, eventually spending 20 years in a supervisory capacity — 10 of which as Assistant Chief of Police of Little Rock.

“I am excited to officially announce my candidacy for Pulaski County Sheriff,” said Higgins. “As an experienced member of law enforcement and a strong, passionate leader, I am committed to working diligently to bring the community and law enforcement closer together. I believe creating a positive and productive relationship between the two will improve the quality of life and safety for the residents and visitors of Pulaski County.”

Emphasizing his vast experience and unique perspective, Higgins said he will base his approach to the job on three principles he sees as essential in improving safety and quality of life within Pulaski County: Community-focused, Safety-driven, and Integrity-based (CSI).

“My 30 years in the force with a community-first focus have led me to develop the CSI approach,” said Higgins. “We must be community-driven. Empowering our communities will build them up and aid in addressing safety concerns in the area. We must be safety-driven — not arrest-driven. Our end-goal is lack of crime; it is not a high prison count. And lastly, everything we do must be done with integrity. No exceptions.”

“It is because of my wide law enforcement experience, my education, and my understanding of the need for community involvement in crime prevention and re-entry that I ask for your support and your vote to be the next Sheriff of Pulaski County.”

He provided this bio:

A Little Rock Catholic High School graduate, Mr. Higgins earned a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies: Government and Business and a M.A in Human Services: Executive Leadership and Counseling from Liberty University. He is a member of the Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) Executive Board, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration Alumni, and the Leadership of Greater Little Rock Alumni. He serves as President of the Governing Board of Lisa Academy Public School. Higgins and his wife of 26 years, Caron Higgins, live in Little Rock and have two daughters, Janay, a graduating senior at Southern Methodist University and Jessica, a junior at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock.