Justice of the Peace Barry Williams resigned Tuesday from his District 5 position on the Faulkner County Quorum Court because he is moving out of the county.
The quorum court will declare a vacancy with a resolution during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Courtroom A of the old courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.
Within 10 days of declaring the vacancy, the county will file the declaration with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who will appoint a replacement.
“The governor has sole discretion,” County Attorney David Hogue said. “Political parties may or may not see this as an opportunity to get one of their people in that position. There will be plenty of people trying to influence the governor but, ultimately, it’s his decision.”
Williams was first elected to the quorum court in 2014 and re-elected to the seat in 2016. He served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee both terms.
“I have loved my time on the court,” Williams told the Log Cabin Democrat on Tuesday. “There are so many decisions made as to county operations and every bit of affects people in their daily lives. Local government is what really affects you as you go to work, school, church.
“The decisions we made affected people’s daily lives. Before I got on the court, I didn’t realize how much it affected lives.”
Williams accepted a transfer to become a senior landscape architect in the Crafton-Tull corporate headquarters in Rogers.
He said doesn’t plan to run for office in northwest Arkansas, at least not anytime soon.
“Not at this time,” he laughed. “It will take me a while to get a network established like the one I had in central Arkansas. Plus, I’m going to be really, really busy with work.”
Williams said he will miss the people he served.
“It’s been a blessing to live in Conway and Faulkner County,” he said. “The people have loved and supported me and my family. We’re going to miss everybody but we’re looking forward to our new adventure.”