ITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced last week the appointment of Crawford County prosecuting attorney Marc McCune to fill the recently created position of circuit judge for the Twenty-first Judicial District Circuit Judge.

This is an 18-month appointment. McCune said he will be submitting a letter of resignation of his position as prosecutor to Hutchinson. That resignation will become effective June 30.

“I am excited for the new challenges that face me as judge and also saddened that after 25 years I will be leaving a position that I love, respect and have poured my heart into,” McCune said in a social media post.

McCune’s term will begin July 1 and expire  Dec. 1, 2020.

The 92nd General Assembly established this additional circuit judgeship for the Twenty-first Judicial District by Act 1003.

“As prosecutor I have tried to be as fair, open and accessible as I can possibly be and have fought hard to protect and serve our community and the citizens of Crawford County that I love,” McCune said. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me as prosecutor over the years and for Governor Asa Hutchinson’s support and belief that I will be an effective and efficient judge for Crawford County."

McCune was a member of the Arkansas Sentencing Commission and a board member of the Arkansas Crime Information Center and the Hamilton House Child Advocacy Center. He has also been president of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and president of the Board of Directors of the Van Buren Boys & Girls Club.

He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Cedarville.

Hutchinson also announced the appointment of Fort Smith’s Gunner DeLay to the position of circuit judge for the Twelfth Judicial District. DeLay’s term will begin July 1 and expire Dec. 31, 2020.

DeLay has served as district judge in the Fort Smith District of Sebastian County since Hutchinson appointed him in 2018. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1995-1999 and a member of the Arkansas Senate from 1999-2003.

In 2007, then-Governor Mike Huckabee appointed DeLay as prosecuting attorney for Sebastian County, where he oversaw the Twelfth Judicial Drug Task Force.

DeLay is a lifelong resident of Fort Smith. He and his wife, Robin, have four children: Taylor, Gunner Jr., Caroline and Suzanna.

Bryant’s Josh Newton was also appointed as State District Court Judge for the Thirty-Second District, a term that will begin July 1 and expire Dec. 31, 2020.

He will replace Judge Mike Robinson.

Since 2015, Newton has served as the primary attorney for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. From 2009 to 2015 he served in the Office of General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

He has clerked for Eighth Circuit Judge Lavenski R. Smith and federal bankruptcy Judge Margaret A. Mahoney.

Newton is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Newton volunteers for Project Zero, a non-profit for the benefit of foster children, as well as the the prison ministry Angel Tree and as a coach of youth sports in Saline County.

He and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Nash and Nyla.

“I am confident that the background and experience of each of these men will serve them well in their respective judgeships,” Hutchinson said. “Throughout their careers, each has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the law and the skill and integrity to uphold justice in even the most complex of legal issues. I appreciate their willingness to serve Arkansas by accepting new challenges.”