A near-capacity courtroom got to witness a piece of Crawford County history Monday when a third circuit court judge was sworn in for the 21st District.

Former Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune was sworn in as the Division 3 judge by Division 2 Judge Mike Medlock during the ceremony held at the Courts Annex Building in Van Buren.

“This is a historic and important day for our judicial district,” Medlock told the crowd. “Our district has had the highest case load per judge for at least the last several years and for many years before we were near the top in cases per year per judge.”

During the recent legislative session Senator Bart Hester, from Benton County, introduced SB658, which provided for the approval of five new judges in the state. After approval from both the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee the measure was brought to the senate floor and then to the house floor. The bill was approved in both houses by an overwhelming majority.

As part of that bill the 21st Judicial District was approved to have its judge begin July 1 as a part of the emergency clause. On May 8 Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed McCune to fill this newly created position.

Medlock commended all those who played a role in the creation of the new, including the many members of the Crawford County Bar Association who were present at the ceremony. 

After McCune took his oath, he in turn swore in Robert Presley as the county’s new prosecuting attorney.

Medlock then finished the ceremony by swearing in Jeff Pointer as the city of Alma’s Interim Police Chief.

Pointer is filling the position that was vacated by Russell White, who retired from the Alma Police Department after 38 years, 25 as its chief.