Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed a new member of the Crawford County Quorum Court.

Shawn Jernigan replaces his wife, Carrie Jernigan, in the District 11 seat on the quorum court which encompasses a central section of the county on the northeast border of Alma.

Carrie Jernigan resigned from the position in May after being appointed to the Alma School Board in April, citing increasing parental duties and school board responsibilities as the reason for her resignation.

A strong interest in county government and a large number of personal connections in the community are the reason Shawn Jernigan applied for the seat, he said.

“Because I have lived here in the county for so long and know a lot of people, I think people will see me as someone they can trust and bring their issues to,” Shawn Jernigan said.

Originally from Paragould, Shawn Jernigan has lived in Crawford County since 1982, he said. He works in the human resources division at Bekaert, which transforms steel wire for a variety of uses.

As did his wife, Shawn Jernigan will concentrate on curtailing county expenditures, providing employee raises, and supporting the road department and county emergency services, he said.

“I think Shawn will do a great job,” Carrie Jernigan said. “I know he has a focus on the county’s fiscal responsibilities.”

Shawn Jernigan was one of at least four people who applied for the position after Crawford County Justices of the Peace declared the seat vacant in June.

He will fill the seat until the end of his wife’s term, which expires at the end of 2018.

Appointees to quorum court cannot run for a consecutive term, but if all goes well, Shawn Jernigan will be interested in running for the position in 2020, he said.