Conway attorney Allen Dodson has accepted the position of Faulkner County Attorney nearly a month and a half after former county attorney Stephan Hawks resigned.
Dodson noted that debate had elevated surrounding Hawks’ departure, but he was confident that he would be able to be a positive influence in the county.
“I know I have a good rapport with many people in the county,” Dodson said. “I know there has been some banter back and forth, but I hope that once I get going, we can all get down to the job at hand.”
Dodson replaces David Hogue, who worked two stints as interim county attorney in Hawks’ absence. Conway attorney Joe Don Winningham served as interim attorney for a week but resigned citing a conflict of interest.
“Among the available candidates for this position, Dodson possesses the balance of characteristics and experience most suitable to fulfill the duties of the Faulkner County Civil Attorney,” said Preston Scroggin in a press release. “We welcome him as our new attorney and look forward to again having a dedicated, full-time county attorney serving the citizens of Faulkner County.”
Dodson admitted to a long interview process. “They are nothing if not thorough,” he said about the county judge’s office. “I know it took multiple weeks to go through the process.”
Dodson graduated from Conway High School in 1985 and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1989, after which he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. He has also worked in various roles at Acxiom. As a clerk during law school, he dealt with real estate and development issues, as well as product liability litigation.
Dodson graduated with honors from UALR Bowen School of Law in December of 2006, where he also made Law Review and won the school’s Moot Court competition. Since then he has sustained a solo law practice primarily in such areas as real property, oil and gas, contract negotiation, and business issues, as well as other areas of civil law. He has also served as special judge in the District Court of Faulkner County on several occasions.
“I realize that we aren’t an incredibly large area like Chicago,” he said. “But this county is growing. I believe that I have a particular skill set that matches up with what the county desires. One does always keep their eye on the horizon, and I thought this would be a good position if it ever came available. I am very proud to have this opportunity.”