Juvenile Justice System Study Recommends More Collaboration Among Stakeholders

As stated in County Judge Hyde’s State of the County Address, Pulaski County is reviewing the Juvenile Justice System from top to bottom. In April 2017, the County signed a contract with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) to conduct a juvenile justice system assessment.

“We are proud to have taken the initiative to use an unbiased third-party to provide an honest assessment—and ahead of schedule,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “While the study does point out problem areas; it lays the foundation for future improvements. We hope this study will assist us in partnering with DHS-Division of Youth Services, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative program (JDAI) and Annie E. Casey Foundation.”

Using the JDAI framework for review, CCLP was able to provide suggestions for areas for improvement that include:

  • Collaboration among stakeholders,
  • Data collection and analysis,
  • Use of objective admissions criteria and risk assessment instruments,
  • Alternatives to detention and incarceration programs,
  • Case processing,
  • Reducing the number of youth detained for technical probation violations and failing to appear in court, and the number held in detention awaiting transfer to a residential facility,
  • Combating racial and ethnic disparities; and
  • Conditions of confinement in facilities that house youth.

“The areas identified are not unique to Pulaski County. These issues are seen throughout the country,” said Hyde. “This study gives us an exciting opportunity to make significant changes in our juvenile justice system. We now understand the issues and can make efficient use of resources for the betterment of at-risk youth in Pulaski County.”

Pulaski County Juvenile Justice System Assessment

County Seeks Grants Administrator

Interested individuals must come to the Human Resources Office to complete an application for the position between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at www.pulaskicounty.net. The Human Resources Office is located in Suite 100 of the Pulaski County Administration Building, 201 South Broadway, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201.


This position is open to County Employees and the General Public.

POSITION NO:                      06

STARTING SALARY:           $40,024-$45,023

DEPARTMENT:                    COMMUNITY SERVICES (4200)

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY/FUNCTION: Responsible for the preparation of grant applications, fiscal management of grant funds and monitoring performance for compliance of grant objectives.


  • Receives input from department director as to need for grant programs.
  • Researches the availability, application process, eligibility criteria and funding requirements of federal, state and local programs for project funding.
  • Writes grant applications and ordinances for director’s review and County Judge’s approval for submission to funding source.
  • Prepares Excel spreadsheets for each grant monitoring all grant receipts and authorizing expenditures.
  • Prepares required financial status reports for local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Identifies need for modifications in grant fund budget; prepares budget changes and ordinance amendments.
  • Maintains grant files in preparation for annual audit which determines if record keeping is in compliance with auditing standards and relevant grant, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Appears before public hearing and relates information on grants such as purpose, status, availability and requirements of grants.
  • Conducts training sessions to instruct grant recipients as to grant objectives, requirements, performance regulations and other grant-related information.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Accounting or a related area.
  • Considerable work experience in Grants Administration, Fiscal Management, Program Development or a related field; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background examination.

OPEN DATE: 06-16-2017

CLOSE DATE: 06-30-2017 (5:00 p.m.)

Please Note:  Applications will not be accepted after the Close Date.  A selection will not be made until the Close Date and the selecting official has received all applications. 

County Seeks Health & Wellness Coordinator

Interested individuals must come to the Personnel Office to complete an application for the position between the hours of 8:00 and 5:00, Monday through Friday OR online.  The Human Resources Office is located in Suite 100 of the Pulaski County Administration Building – 201 S. Broadway Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72201.

PDF of HR Posting

POSITION: Health / Wellness Coordinator

This position is open to County employees and the General Public

POSITION NO:              19

STARTING SALARY: $36,388 – $40,930

DEPARTMENT:           Comptroller (4100)

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY/FUNCTION:  To develop and administer an employee health/wellness program and coordinate an employee health/wellness committee dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for employees.


  1. Develops a planning process for improvement of employee health and wellness.
  2. Works with Human Resources, benefits consultants, and health insurance providers to obtain information concerning employee health statistics and prioritization of employee health issues.
  3. Identifies key employee health issues and techniques to engage employees in health improvement areas.
  4. Coordinates a health/wellness committee including representation from offices of elected officials and departments to identify key issues and challenges to employees enjoying healthy lifestyles.
  5. Utilizes programs, training, and reinforcement tools available through benefit providers, health care providers, and community partners to motivate and promote health and wellness.
  6. Researches available grant sources for employee wellness programs; completes grant applications when approved.
  7. Administers health/wellness grants ensuring compliance with grant programmatic and fiscal requirements and stipulations.
  8. Develops and maintains relationships with community employers and organizations to enhance the employee wellness program.
  9. Performs other related duties as required.


Ability to communicate effectively orally in person and to large groups.

Visual acuity needed to obtain data from a computer monitor.

Manual dexterity needed to operate a computer keyboard, and other audio/visual equipment.


Work is primarily performed in a smoke free office environment.  Occasional travel to various County work sites and community locations is required.


Completion of a bachelor’s degree in public health, marketing, public relations, or a related field; considerable experience with a wellness, public health, or related program administration; or any combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities.


CLOSE DATE: 06-02-2017 (5:00 p.m.)

Please Note:  Applications will not be accepted after the Close Date.  A selection will not be made until the Close Date and all applications have been received by the selecting official.

Accepting Applications for the NexGen Youth Leadership Academy

Pulaski County Youth Services is proud to announce the formation of the NexGen Youth Leadership Academy, a year-round, neighborhood-based program for students ages 12 through 17 in ZIP Codes 72204, 72205, 72210, 72211, and 72212. This inspiring new program is focused on academic enrichment, community service, health, wellness, job skills training, character building, and much more.

NexGen Youth Leadership Academy is a free after-school and out-of-school program presented by the City of Little Rock Department of Community Programs, Second Baptist Church, and Pulaski County Youth Services. Capacity is limited, enroll here today! This program begins Monday, June 5th and concludes Sunday, December 31st.

County Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Pulaski County offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Trash pick-up will run one day late.

Pulaski County Begins County-Wide Recycling

Beginning June 5, 2017, residents of the unincorporated areas of Pulaski County will have residential recycling service.  This program will allow the community to participate in similar curbside recycling as in cities like Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood and Jacksonville.

Pulaski County entered into a contract with Waste Management to provide curbside recycling to nearly 18,000 residences.  This will allow residents to recycle all their plastic bottles, cans paper, and cardboard.  Residents are asked not to recycle glass, plastic bags or medical waste like syringes.  All acceptable recyclable items should be placed directly into the new 96-gallon cart – don’t bag your recyclables!  The recyclables will then be transported to Waste Management’s materials recovery facility in Little Rock.

Pulaski county residents’ garbage will continue to be picked up on their usual pickup day, once a week. Recyclables will be picked up every other week, on the same day as garbage, beginning either June 5 or 12, depending on where you live.   Recycling collection calendars will soon be provided to residents identifying their GREEN or GOLD every-other-week recycling service.  The 96-gallon wheeled carts are currently being delivered to residents and will continue until all carts are delivered. The new green cart with the yellow lid should be used for recyclables only.  It will NOT be picked up if it contains garbage or non-acceptable recyclable materials.

Residents should look for a mailing at the end of May informing them how to recycle right and whether their recycling will be picked up on the GREEN or GOLD weeks. For further information, residents are asked to please contact Pulaski County Sanitation at 501-210-7500.

Pulaski County Youth are Saying “I Have Better Things to Do”

Students in the 9th – 12th grades, help Pulaski County Youth Services produce a PSA about alcohol and drug prevention this Saturday. The content of the PSA will be student led, and will be filmed in conjunction with PCYS’s Youth Leadership Development Summit this Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Pulaski County Regional Center located at 501 W. Markham Street in Little Rock.

Attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Pamela L. Sell, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) State Program Director; participate in breakout sessions; receive training on using social media as a prevention tool, and take part in filing the “I Have Better Things To Do” PSA with videographer Corrigan Revels. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for participating students. Call 501.340.5615 for more information.

“I Have Better Things To Do” is a community program focused on educating Pulaski County’s youth about alcohol and prescription drug abuse and prevention. A partnership of Pulaski County Youth Services programs, UA Little Rock MidSouth Center for Prevention and Training, and the Arkansas Department of Health’s Division of Behavioral Health and Prevention Services, “I Have Better Things To Do” works to help the youth of Pulaski County make good decisions today and prepares them for an alcohol and drug free tomorrow.

Pulaski County Youth Services works to encourage and inspire the youth of Pulaski County. In collaboration with community partners, we seek to encourage academic achievement, build character, and refine healthy habits in our county’s youth.

Vision 2025 Youth Leadership Institute identifies young women (ages 13-19) with extraordinary potential and empowers them as leaders. The yearlong program focuses on empowerment, building leadership skills, mentoring, community service, academic enrichment, and academic & career advising.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Pulaski County Youth Services programs.

Regional Recycling District Searching for Executive Director

Due to the retirement of the current Executive Director, the District is searching for a new Director.

  • Good management and communication skills and experience
  • Budget development, execution and monitoring; prepare annual budget
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Prepare an annual report; develop needs assessment
  • Oversee grant applications
  • Monitor waste hauler application program
  • Oversee waste tire recycling program
  • Provide assistance to District board members and their staffs
  • Must possess excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Computer skills – MSWord, Excel, Outlook
  • Other duties as specified in job description

Excellent salary and benefit package; desirable working environment

Requires a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university

If interested please submit your resume by 4:30 p.m., May 19, 2017 to:

John N. Roberts, Executive Director
Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District
c/o Pulaski County Judge’s Office
201 S. Broadway, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) will be operating the below listed locations during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017. The sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office maintains a 24 hour Rx Drug Drop Box at 2900 South Woodrow Street in Little Rock for those that are unable to dispose of their medications on the 29th.

This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. PCSO has collected over 5000 pounds of prescription drugs since beginning our program in 2010.

Bring your pills for disposal to the below listed locations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202

Park West Pharmacy
904 Autumn Road Little Rock, AR 72211

Remedy Drug
8511 W. Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72205

14820 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 72223