The Administrative Division is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and training the most highly qualified personnel to staff both the sheriff's office and the detention facility. This process is conducted by the Professional Standards Section, which receives, screens, and investigates all applicants for employment. This section is also responsible for conducting internal affairs investigations. The law enforcement profession is constantly evolving, In order to implement new technologies, comply with changing laws, and meet the increasing needs of the county's citizens, the Training Section staff researches, develops, and conducts comprehensive training programs for employees at all levels.
Meet the Administration Staff:
Sheriff Tim Ryals
Tim Ryals has been a resident of Faulkner County for over 30 years and has worked in law enforcement for over 35 years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the 503rd Aviation Battalion Combat.
Following his service in the military, he moved into a career in law enforcement as a reserve deputy for the Saline County Sheriff's Department. From this volunteer position, he was hired on fulltime and promoted quickly through the ranks - as jailor, patrol deputy, supervisor, dive team member, and narcotics investigator - and worked on a number of high-profile cases. After six years of service with Saline County, Tim was hired by the Arkansas State Police. Throughout his career there, he served in a variety of capacities including member of the Narcotics Section in the Criminal Investigation Division; pilot for the Aircraft Division; Trooper for the Highway Patrol Division Troops A and J that consisted of Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke, and Saline counties; member of the Drug Interdiction team; handler in the K-9 unit; and member of the SWAT team. His most prominent role was providing executive protection for then Governor Mike Huckabee.
Throughout his career, Tim has had the opportunity to work with many of the agencies within Faulkner County. He has the utmost respect for the men and women who represent these agencies - many of whom he calls friends.
Sheriff Ryals is a graduate of the Agape School of World Evangelism. He also attended the University of Central Arkansas and Black River University in pursuit of an education in Criminal Justice.
He was recently elected to serve on the board of the Arkansas Sheriff's Association as Sergeant at Arms.
In his free time, Sheriff Ryals performs with his church's worship ministry, ministers to others with spiritual guidance and advice, and serves his community through his support of Renewal Ranch and Soul Food Cafe. First and foremost, Tim loves spending time with his family. He is married to Wendy Ryals, who is currently a commissioner on the Arkansas Parole Board. Together they have five children and eleven grandchildren. He and his family are active members of the Conway Cowboy Church in Conway, Arkansas.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice
Chief Deputy Matt Rice is a twenty-one (21) year veteran of Law Enforcement and has been employed with Faulkner County since 2000. He was appointed as Interim Sheriff on September 1st, 2015. He fulfilled the term for Sheriff until January 2017, and then was assigned as Sheriff Tim Ryals' Chief Deputy.
He started at the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office in 2000 as a Patrol Deputy. He joined the Special Response Team (S.R.T) in 2001 where he received training in basic S.W.A.T. and the FBI basic S.W.A.T. schools. While on (S.R.T.) he was awarded the "Medal of Valor" for a shooting incident at Kimberly Clark.
In 2003 he was promoted to the Criminal Investigations Division, where he received basic investigation, interrogation and interview techniques training. He also successfully completed the National Institute for Truth Verification and is a certified Crime Scene Technician. In 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant in Criminal Investigations and later promoted to Lieutenant in Criminal Investigations in 2007. As a Lieutenant he oversaw investigations, crime scenes, interviewing of witnesses, suspects and evidence. In January of 2010 he was promoted to Captain in the Enforcement Division, where he led Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Communications Divisions. He was also awarded "Deputy of the Year" in 2001 and in 2011. He currently has over twelve hundred hours of training through the Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Chief Deputy Rice is also an Alumni of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute.
Major John Randall
Major Randall is an twenty-one (21) year veteran of Law Enforcement and has been employed with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office his whole career. He currently oversees the Policy and Procedures, Lawsuits, Training, and Grant Writing.
He’s a certified Professional Law Enforcement Instructor and specializes in instructions in general law enforcement topics as well as Defensive Tactics, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Criminal Investigation, Detention Training, Court Security and Tactical Operations. He has an Associate of Arts in Business Administration (Criminal Justice) degree.
He started his career on November 11, 1998 as a juvenile detention officer, moving up in the ranks as a Corporal. In 2000 he was promoted to the rank of deputy sheriff. He spent three (3) years as a member of the Faulkner County Metro Swat Team where he received training in hostage rescue and high risk warrants. In 2005 he was promoted to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). He received Basic Crime Scene training from the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI).
In January of 2007 he was promoted to the rank of detention Captain. His job was to oversee the total operation of both detention centers and the internal affairs division. He has attended and successfully completed the; National Institute for Truth Verification, Criminal Justice Institute for Internal Affairs and the National Institute of Corrections for Jail Administration. Major Randall was assigned to Special Operations in 2017, where he oversees: Internal Affairs, Training, and lawsuits.
Major Randall has accumulated over fourteen hundred hours of training through the Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Training. He currently holds his Senior Law Enforcement Certificate. Major Randall is also an Alumni of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute.
Randall’s main goal is to; improve the quality of life of the citizens of Faulkner County by providing professional law enforcement services.
Fiscal Officer Angie Wooley has been employed at the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office for over fifteen years. She started at the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office in 2004 as a Fines Clerk in the Front Office. In 2006 she was promoted to the position of Administrative Assistant, Sex Offender Coordinator, and Evidence Officer at our Criminal Investigation Division. She then was promoted to Fiscal Officer in March of 2015.
Angie is tasked with the managing of the FCSO funds, ensuring that the monies are spent according to fiscal policy. All processes and controls must be in place to ensure that funds are assigned to the proper department, she makes sure that safeguards are in place according to the recording of transactions, that the reconciliation of accounts is accomplished on a monthly basis, and that expenses conform with the budget.