Faulkner County Justice of the Peace Randy Higgins was elected to serve as vice president of the 12-member executive board of the Arkansas Association of Quorum Courts (AAQC) on Saturday.

"We appreciate your willingness to serve," County Judge Jim Baker said when Higgins reported the news to the quorum court Tuesday.

The AAQC is composed of 75 justices of the peace, one from each county in the state, and meets annually. Members are chosen by the quorum court of the county they represent.

During Saturday's meeting, the 75 members chose 12 members — one from each congressional district — to sit on the board and then elected the officers. In addition to Higgins, who is from the second congressional district, other members chosen were:

• Boone County Justice of the Peace David Thompson, who was elected as president.

• Drew County Justice of the Peace Carole Bulloch, who was elected secretary/treasurer.

• Lincoln County Justice of the Peace David Rochell.

• Lonoke County Justice of the Peace Henry Lang.

• Jackson County Justice of the Peace Tommy Young.

• White County Justice of the Peace Bobby Burns.

• Pulaski County Justice of the Peace Curtis Keith.

• Sebastian County Justice of the Peace Danny Aldridge

• Benton County Justice of the Peace Susan Anglin.

• Miller County Justice of the Peace Carl Standridge.

• Pike County Justice of the Peace John Plyler.

The Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) believes "all elected officials must have the opportunity to act together in order to solve mutual problems as a unified group," Communications Director Christy L. Smith said.

"To further this goal, the AAC is committed to providing a single source of cooperative support and information for all counties and county and district officials," Smith said. "The overall purpose of the association is to work for the improvement of county government in the state of Arkansas. The association accomplishes this purpose by providing legislative representation, on-site assistance, general research, training, various publications and conferences to assist county officials in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their office."

For more information about AAC, visit https://www.arcounties.org.