New positions for the prosecutor’s office and circuit court failed to be approved by the Crawford County Quorum Court during its meeting Monday night.
A legal assistant victim/witness coordinator position created for the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office and a deputy circuit court secretary for Circuit Court Division II were not approved by justices of the peace for funding.
Each measure had passed through the personnel committee, which created the positions, and through budget committee, which had approved salaries for each job.
Both measures failed to get the nine votes required for approval. JP Shane Griffin recused himself from the vote on the prosecutor’s new position.
JPs approved a resolution naming Brad Thomas, Crawford County emergency management director, as the county’s new fire service coordinator.
According to the resolution, Thomas was recommended as the new fire coordinator by the Crawford County Rural Fire Chiefs’ Association.
Thomas replaces Les Jenkins, who retired from the position in May after 25 years.
JPs also passed a measure declaring the Township 11 seat on the quorum court previously held by Carrie Jernigan as vacant, and requesting that Gov. Asa Hutchinson fill the seat by appointment.
Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap said there are online applications for those interested in filling the position. Whoever is appointed will fill the seat until the end of Jernigan’s term, which expires at the end of 2018, Gilstrap said.
Also during their meeting, a proposal by JP Mary Blount to close the Crawford County Courthouse on July 3 was approved, to a round of applause from county employees and department heads in the audience.