Carr plans to leave Ben­ton County Quo­rum Court, mov­ing to Kansas

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SCHOOL/NEWS - MIKE JONES [email protected]

BENTONVILLE — There will be a sec­ond open­ing on the Ben­ton County Quo­rum Court in the first quar­ter of this year be­cause Jus­tice of the Peace Adri­ane Carr is mov­ing to Kansas.

Carr rep­re­sents District 12, which in­cludes parts of Siloam Springs, Gen­try and some of western Ben­ton County.

Carr, a Repub­li­can, has lived in North­west Arkansas for 20 years.

Her hus­band, Pa­trick, took a job with the McPher­son Po­lice Depart­ment. He started work Dec. 31, she said.

Carr said she will con­tinue to serve on the court un­til she moves. She didn’t have an ex­act date but said it would be in the first quar­ter of the year.

“It was un­ex­pected,” Carr said of the move. “We love Siloam, and we love this com­mu­nity. I love be­ing a JP, and I love my work with the county.”

Carr won a sec­ond term on the court in Novem­ber when she de­feated Lib­er­tar­ian Ja­cob Faught. She se­cured 79 per­cent of the vote.

Carr is a mem­ber of the Quo­rum Court’s Pub­lic Safety, Trans­porta­tion and Per­son­nel com­mit­tees. New com­mit­tee as­sign­ments will be handed out Thurs­day.

New jus­tices of the peace in­clude De­bra Hobbs in District 3, Car­rie Per­rien Smith in District 5 and Dustin Todd in District 11. The three Repub­li­cans all won the elec­tion in Novem­ber. Fif­teen Repub­li­cans make up the Quo­rum Court.

Gov. Asa Hutchin­son will name a re­place­ment for Carr and ap­point a jus­tice of the peace for District 7. Those spots most likely will go to other Repub­li­cans.

Joel Jones, a Repub­li­can who won a fifth term in the Nov. 6 gen­eral elec­tion, moved out of the district that in­cludes east­ern Bella Vista and the area south­east to­ward Bentonville. Jones and his fam­ily moved to an­other part of Bentonville. The move was for per­sonal rea­sons, he said. Jones’ fourth term ended Dec. 31.

A va­cancy must be de­clared for any open jus­tice of the peace po­si­tion, and the Quo­rum Court will have to ap­prove it, county at­tor­ney George Spence said. Hutchin­son would then name a re­place­ment.

Jones sent an email to County Judge Barry Moehring and County Clerk Betsy Har­rell on Thurs­day ask­ing for a va­cancy to be de­clared. Jones will serve un­til a re­place­ment is named.

“As you are aware, I moved from the District I had rep­re­sented and which I was elected to rep­re­sent for the next two years shortly af­ter the 2018 Gen­eral Elec­tion. Ac­cord­ingly, I no longer meet the res­i­dency re­quire­ment for that po­si­tion and thus I will not be sworn in for the up­com­ing term. Please pro­ceed with hav­ing the po­si­tion de­clared va­cant so that the Gov­er­nor can ap­point a re­place­ment,” Jones wrote.

Jus­tices of the peace serve two-year terms and are paid $230 for each Quo­rum Court and Com­mit­tee of the Whole meet­ing and $144 for each meet­ing of a com­mit­tee of which they are a mem­ber.

Adri­ane Carr Ben­ton County JP District 12

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