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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Quorum Court holds final meeting of 2013

  • The Cleburne County Quorum Court met last Thursday in its final meeting of 2013.
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  • The Cleburne County Quorum Court met last Thursday in its final meeting of 2013.
    The Court approved the establishment of a petty cash fund for the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office. They also passed an ordinance creating a Drug Control Fund for the Sheriff's Office, previously known as the Law Enforcement Investigation Fund. According to the ordinance, the purpose of the fund "is for the deposit and accounting of any donations for the benefit of law enforcement projects." The Drug Control Fund will be used for civil forfeiture proceeds and "such other appropriate and lawful purposes as directed by ordinance." The money can be used for criminal investigation and any necessary equipment pertaining to investigation. The Sheriff can withdraw money from the fund "of an amount deemed necessary in the Sheriff's discretion."
    The Court also made adjustments to the county library fund, as well set the 2014 budget and county positions and salaries for the coming year.
    This year marked an active year for the Court. New faces were seen among the JPs as a result of last year's elections and it marked the first year of the administration of new Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes. Although political posturing caused a few sparks to fly during the year, all in all it was a successful and productive year for Cleburne County's elected officials, including an unexpected restructuring of the county constable system and an updated codification of county resolutions and ordinances.
    The year also saw the sad passing of beloved J.P. Bobby Mooney during his term on the Court. Colleagues, constituents, and friends honored the memory of Mooney and the life of dedication he gave to the citizens of Cleburne County. Local attorney Rebecca Lynn was named by Governor Mike Beebe to fill the remainder of Mooney's term.
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