County Attorney Allen Dodson was appointed the new Faulkner County Judge Thursday night in a vote by the Quorum Court.
After returning from executive session, the court voted 12-1 to approve the resolution appointing Dodson to finish the term vacated by Preston Scroggin. The lone dissenting vote came from District 10 Justice of the Peace Johnny Brady.
The final vote was one of three 12-1 votes on the night, including one to declare a vacancy by the departure of Scroggin and one to retire to executive session in order to discuss the candidates for the county judge position.
Several JPs confirmed that the other notable candidate for the position was Mark Vaught. The court was informed that as a show of solidarity, the court could make their public vote unanimous after deliberating in what some believed to be a closer vote.
"I was moved by the shining example of our government in action tonight," Dodson said just after the meeting. "I am very humbled as well. I do have a vision and a plan for what we will be able to do in the next two years."
Dodson will not be allowed to run for re-election when the term expires in 2014.