David Gibbons Announces For Re-Election For Prosecuting Attorney 5th Judicial District
David Gibbons, Prosecuting Attorney for the 5th Judicial District, has announced that he will run for re-election to that position. The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney was made a non-partisan office by Act 1110 of 2013 during this last legislative session.
Gibbons has served as Prosecuting Attorney of the 5th Judicial District, which includes Pope, Johnson and Franklin Counties, since January of 1997. Before becoming Prosecuting Attorney, he practiced criminal law in the district and was Pope County’s first Public Defender. In addition, Gibbons served as Municipal Judge for the Ozark District of Franklin County and was City Attorney for both Ozark and Altus from 1983 through 1986.
In 2008 and again in 2011, the Arkansas Supreme Court appointed Gibbons to the Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice where he presently serves. He is a past President of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and was Arkansas’ delegate to the National District Attorney’s Association Committee on Ethical Issues. He is a certified law enforcement instructor and serves as an instructor for the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute.
In addition to his duties in the 5th Judicial District, which includes being the Director of the 5th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Gibbons has served as Special Prosecuting Attorney for several cases in different areas of the State.
Gibbons graduated from Hendrix College with a BA Degree in Biology and from the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville with a JD Degree in 1981. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 until 1973 when he was honorably discharged as a sergeant in the infantry.
Gibbons lives with his wife, the former Iva Nell Wyles, in Clarksville. The couple has six children and step-children and numerous grandchildren.