Faulkner County may have its new county judge following a special meeting of the quorum court Thursday night. Which one it is, however, will be anyone’s guess.
The court will meet at 7 p.m. at the courthouse for the purpose of replacing County Judge Preston Scroggin.
Scroggin will announce his resignation in order to accept an appointment as Director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. Scroggin’s departure will be noted when the court declares a vacancy and motions for a new judge.
Candidates who could finish Scroggin’s tenure include former Conway Alderman Mark Vaught and County Attorney Allen Dodson. Vaught recently ran as a Republican against County Clerk Melinda Reyolds. Dodson has stated a party preference. He was hired in 2012 by Scroggin, a Democrat. Another candidate may be recommended by the court during the meeting.
The court is currently made up of seven Republicans and six Democrats. Frank Shaw, who is listed as a Democrat, will serve on his first court meeting as the Justice of the Peace from District 8.
The person who will finish Scroggin’s term will not be able to run for re-election during the next election. The county judge’s term will be up in 2014.