Rausch ap­pointed to Washington County Quo­rum Court

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FAYET­TEVILLE — A new Washington County jus­tice of the peace has been ap­pointed by the gov­er­nor to take over the va­cant seat left when Roddy Lloyd re­signed last April.

Fred Rausch, 59, of Spring­dale was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion cou­ple of weeks ago and at­tended his first Quo­rum Court meet­ing Thurs­day, said County Judge Joseph Wood.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to serv­ing, and that’s the main pur­pose I’m here,” Rausch said.

Rausch is a real es­tate ap­praiser un­der con­tract with Fleming Ap­praisal and Real Es­tate Co., he said. He’s a li­censed res­i­den­tial con­trac­tor and real es­tate bro­ker, ac­cord­ing to a so­cial me­dia web­site he main­tains. He has home-build­ing and real es­tate ex­pe­ri­ence, he said.

Rausch was at Rausch Cole­man Homes for nearly 12 years as the North­west Arkansas di­vi­sion man­ager-part­ner, vice pres­i­dent of land ac­qui­si­tion and prin­ci­pal bro­ker. He earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in fi­nance and bank­ing from the Univer­sity of Arkansas.

He’s the re­gent agent for Rausch Hold­ings in Spring­dale, ac­cord­ing to the sec­re­tary of state. The com­pany, filed with the state Nov. 3, 2016, is in good stand­ing.

Rausch said he “votes Repub­li­can.” He de­cided to take fill the open jus­tice of the peace seat as a “learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. He said he was asked by a friend to put in an ap­pli­ca­tion to fill the va­cant seat.

Gov. Asa Hutchin­son has ap­pointed Rausch to state com­mit­tees pre­vi­ously.

Hutchi­son ap­pointed Rausch to the state Res­i­den­tial Con­trac­tors Com­mit­tee in 2015. The ap­point­ment ex­pired Oct. 1, 2018, but Rausch said he re­signed in June. He also has been a mem­ber of the Arkansas Ap­praiser Li­cens­ing and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Board and was on the Equal­iza­tion Board for Se­bas­tian County.

Rausch vol­un­teers with the Com­pas­sion Cen­ter NWA and was ac­tive with the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica.

With Rausch’s ap­point­ment, the Quo­rum Court seats are full.

Lloyd left the Quo­rum Court af­ter he and his wife, Sharon Lloyd, moved out of his dis­trict of west­ern Spring­dale. Lloyd had re­placed his wife, who held the jus­tice of the peace seat un­til Dec. 31. Sharon Lloyd was hired as Wood’s new grant ad­min­is­tra­tor with a salary of about $53,000, ac­cord­ing to county in­for­ma­tion pre­vi­ously re­leased.

Roddy Lloyd was the sec­ond jus­tice of the peace to re­sign this year. In Jan­uary, Jus­tice of the Peace Rick Cochran, a Repub­li­can rep­re­sent­ing the area west of Farm­ing­ton, re­signed sud­denly cit­ing, in part, bud­get concerns within the county.

Hutchin­son ap­pointed Ali­cia Deav­ens to Cochran’s va­cant po­si­tion in March.

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