Saline County Sheriff Reverses Course On Retirement

Sep 3, 2013

The sheriff in Saline County, who was convicted of public drunkenness, has changed his mind about retiring.

Sheriff Bruce Pennington said last week he would retire Oct. 1. Now he says he wants to serve out his term and leave office in 2015.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pennington delivered a letter to a county official on Monday that set forth his intentions.

The Saline County Quorum Court has called a special meeting for 8 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the sheriff's change of heart.

Last week, Pennington pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and public intoxication. The charges followed his arrest in late June.

Saline County Judge Lanny Fite called the situation "bizarre," but didn't want to discuss what might happen at the Tuesday night meeting.