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9:03 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Order Filed Removing Arkansas Sheriff From Office

A circuit judge has filed an order removing Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell from office after the Arkansas Supreme Court found Cassell was ineligible for the post.

The order from Circuit Judge David Clinger says Cassell should be removed immediately from office. Two weeks ago, the high court found that Cassell's 1979 conviction for possessing stolen hens made him ineligible to serve.

Searcy County Judge Johnny Hinchley tells the Harrison Daily Times that he's called a special meeting for the Searcy County Quorum Court on Wednesday night. Hinchey says the court will be asked to pass a resolution and declare a vacancy in the sheriff's post.

Officials say seven people have already applied for the position.

Cassell's attorney has said his client hopes to remain involved in the community.