Benton County Replaces Sheriff Charged With Tampering

Apr 29, 2016

The Benton County Quorum Court has sworn in a new sheriff, replacing a man who faces felony and misdemeanor tampering charges. 

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Quorum Court unanimously approved appointing Meyer Gilbert to the position Thursday. He'll serve until Dec. 31, when Kelley Cradduck's term would've ended. 

Cradduck is accused of falsifying an employee payroll request and instructing his assistant to lie about it to Arkansas State Police investigators. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled for a three-day trial in September. 

The Quorum Court previously approved paying Cradduck nearly $80,000 to resign from his position. He was defeated for re-election in the March 1 Republican primary. 

Gilbert has spent more than 22 years in law enforcement.