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District Judge Resigns, Citing Caseload Increase

September 20th, 2012 by

Drew County District Court Judge Ken Harper announced his intention to resign his District Judge position, Wednesday.

Harper told MLive that his decision is based on the heavy caseload that the court carries, which has increased to five times it’s volume when Harper took office 15 years ago.

Harper also expects that he will be able to expand his civil and criminal practice, since he has been unable to represent clients, who appeared before him in his judge’s position.

Another factor behind Harper’s decision is Monticello has the lowest judges salary in the state of Arkansas (based on caseload).  Harper told MLive that he has never asked for a pay raise for the position, due to the ever-increasing  expenditures that the county and city face each year.

Harper’s resignation is effective immediately; but he added he will be willing to serve as an interim (if asked by Gov. Beebe), until the governor appoints a successor.

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