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Saline Quorum Ct. Asks Pennington to Step Down

The Saline County Quorum Court voted unanimously Tuesday evening on a resolution asking for Sheriff Bruce Pennington to step down.
SALINE COUNTY, AR -- The Saline County Quorum Court voted unanimously Tuesday evening on a resolution asking for Sheriff Bruce Pennington to step down.

The meeting followed a Tuesday memo from Saline County Judge Lanny Fite saying Sheriff Pennington's "personal problems" are preventing him from "impartially performing" his official duties.  Fite said Pennington should leave office now.

After Pennington pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from an altercation with Benton Police officers on June 29, he said he would leave office Oct. 1.

On Labor Day, Pennington decided he'd like to keep working and retire when his term ends Jan. 1, 2015.

During the meeting Tuesday, the majority of speakers were against Pennington, but some spoke in support.

"This has been in the national news, and they are making fun of us for living here," said one speaker.

"I just think he's done a pretty good job of keeping Saline County clean," said another.  "All of us make mistakes.  At least he stood up for it."

After quorum court members passed the resolution, they discussed the possibility of further sanctions against Pennington.  At a meeting next week members will discuss taking away his county vehicle.

There was also talk of forcing the sheriff out of office.  But the county's attorney said he'd have to do more research on whether the quorum court has that power in this instance.


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