Lawrence Co. sheriff retires, interim soon to be sworn in

Lawrence Co. sheriff retires, interim soon to be sworn in

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Lawrence County Quorum Court met Friday in a special session to discuss the appointment of an interim sheriff.

This comes after Sheriff Jody Dotson announced his resignation earlier this week after taking a job with the Arkansas Tobacco Control. Captain Tony Waldrupe with the Walnut Police Department will fill in as interim sheriff until the newly elected sheriff takes office in January.

“Tony stepped up to the plate and filling in for me and I really appreciate that,” Dotson said.

Tony Waldrupe worked with Dotson for years at the Walnut Ridge Police Department. He said being able to serve the people of Lawrence County is a privilege even if it's for a short time.

“I've been working for the citizens of Walnut Ridge for a number of years; it's a great honor to be able to work for them.”

Waldrupe will be sworn in Sunday at midnight. He will fill in until Jeff Yates takes the reigns as sheriff in January.  He said he has big shoes to fill as the county sheriff.

“Jody was a real fine deputy had a lot of respect in the community,” Waldrupe said.

Sheriff Jody Dotson did not seek reelection in 2014. He has served the county as deputy and sheriff for 14 years. He will now take a position with Arkansas Tobacco Control and will cover 10 counties in Northwest Arkansas.

“It's exciting going on to a new venture of my life but at the same time it's bittersweet,” Dotson told Region 8 News.

He said in this position he has been able to make a lot of drug arrests and solve several theft cases with the help of the public.

“I'm actually here more than I am at home for the past 14 years, I just about lived here in this building,” Dotson said. “I have been running like a crazy man trying to get the jail in a good situation for the next group coming along.”

The Quorum Court declared an emergency at Monday night's meeting and appointed Waldrupe as interim sheriff.

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