County Judge Gerald L. Robinson began his career in 1988 as a Deputy Jailer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO). In 1992, Judge Robinson was transferred to the Uniformed Patrol Division, where his stellar work performance resulted in a collateral duty assignment as a Criminal Investigator. While assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Robinson quickly rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being promoted yet again to the rank of Captain and transferred back to the Uniformed Patrol Division to serve as the Division Commander of the Sheriff’s Office.
In 2003, Robinson was asked to serve as the Division Commander for the Criminal Investigation Division and he accepted the challenge. He then served as Division Commander for the Criminal Investigation Division for just over a year before being appointed as the Under Sheriff/Chief Deputy in 2004 by then Sheriff Boe Fontaine. After defeating his opponent in the November 2006 General Election, Gerald Robinson was elected the first African-American and 31st Sheriff of Jefferson County. He was sworn in as Sheriff on January 1, 2007 and served in that post until retiring from the Sheriff’s Office on December 31,, 2018.
During his time as Sheriff, Robinson held a deep commitment to Community Policing, served as a Cultural Diversity Instructor, and fostered a "participatory management" philosophy in which all employees were given a voice in the operation of the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, he supported continued modernization of all operations including support for the adoption of technology advances and acquiring new equipment to better serve both personnel and the public.
As Sheriff, Robinson was responsible for implementing standard operating procedures across the organization to include:
- Re-allocated resources
- Redefined professional standards
- Built regional partnerships
- Advocated against domestic violence
- Increased annual revenue through the implementation of a host of programs
- Held deadbeat dads accountable
- Fought the drug epidemic
- Expanded patrols throughout the county
In 2018, Gerald Robinson was elected as Jefferson County Judge and was sworn in on January 1, 2019. He is the first Jefferson County Sheriff to be elected as Jefferson County Judge. Upon taking office as County Judge, Robinson focused his efforts on strengthening the county’s budget, eliminating waste, improving efficiency, upgrading technology and infrastructure, and making county business more transparent.
Judge Robinson is a Humphrey native who graduated from Humphrey High School. Robinson earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and served his country in the United States Army from 1981 to 1994, during which time he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1st Class and served in the Persian Gulf War.
Robinson is a 2002 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is also a graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff, the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and School of Law Enforcement Supervision as well as Arkansas Leader.
Judge Robinson is a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, the NAACP, the Arkansas County Judge’s Association, the National County Judge’s Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the Jefferson County Insurance Commission (Board Member), and Jefferson County Democrats.
He has been recognized by many for his work in the field of public service which include the House of Representatives of the Eighty-second General Assembly of the State of Arkansas and the Clarence A. Jenkins Humanitarian Award for outstanding service rendered to the City of Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, and State of Arkansas.