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County Judge Ann Pulliam (center) called her first Quorum Court meeting into session Monday night. Pulliam led the meeting, which included County Clerk Tina Stowers (right) Justice Donald Richey and the other members of the quorum court, as well as several county employees and visitors.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Pulliam settles into
role as county judge

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Ann Pulliam sat at the head of the table at Monday night's Quorum Court meeting in her new role as Lawrence County Judge. She was officially appointed as judge by the Quorum Court at a special meeting called Sept. 27 and is distinguished as the county's first female county judge.

"I feel honored to serve and will continue to do my best," Pulliam said.

Pulliam, who has been working in the county judge's office for 10 years, has adapted to the new position, which she will hold for the remainder of the year. She said that everyone has pulled together to keep the county running smoothly during this transition. Sheriff Jeff Yates is overseeing the 911 office during Pulliam's term, and she said Road Foreman David Slagley has been doing a wonderful job on the roads and keeping her informed.

Growing up and living most of her life in Lawrence County since she moved to Clover Bend at age five, Pulliam was away from the county for a few years at the start of her career as she worked under the FBI in Washington, D.C. and Little Rock.

During that time, she met her husband and returned to Lawrence County when he got a job at the Walnut Ridge post office. "I got to come home again," Pulliam said.

She has worked in the county judge's office since 2006 and worked with both Alex Latham and Freeman during their time in office. While working in the office, Pulliam said she has learned the ins and outs of government.

With that knowledge, Pulliam's main goal is to ensure projects that are underway see completion. She explained that Freeman was very hands-on with several projects for the county, including the shooting range and getting repairs made to the courthouse.

Pulliam will continue to work in the office after her term as judge, and is already offering guidance to incoming county judge John Thomison, who will take office on Jan. 1.

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