Faulkner County Attorney Stephan Hawks should return to his position next month, County Judge Preston Scroggin told members of the Quorum Court at its meeting Tuesday.
Hawks took a paid personal leave of absence in April and was expected to be back at his position in a month. Scroggin said that his leave time was extended. Hawks took his leave for "personal reasons." Scroggin said Hawks was helping him with county matters while away from the office. Hawks is allowed up to 12 weeks of personal leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.
Hawks, who is from Conway, has worked as county attorney since 2008.
"The leave is not administrative or vacation, it is just personal leave and I felt like it was my decision to make so that he could have some time to sort through his issues," Scroggin said in April.
Conway attorney David Hogue has served as the county attorney in the absence of Hawks. Hawks has been conferring with Hogue, who only works with Scroggin when the county judge needs him.