Cleburne Co. sheriff dead after being admitted to hospital - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Cleburne Co. sheriff dead after being admitted to hospital

Former Sheriff Richard Swain (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Dept.) Former Sheriff Richard Swain (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Dept.)
Interim Sheriff Sgt. Bryon Rushing (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Dept.) Interim Sheriff Sgt. Bryon Rushing (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Dept.)
CLEBURNE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 sheriff died early Sunday morning from natural causes.

According to the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Richard Swain died at a hospital in Little Rock, he was 68.

A local newspaper reported Swain had been hospitalized for a week prior to his death.

The same newspaper reported Sgt. Bryon Rushing was appointed interim sheriff during an emergency quorum court meeting Sunday morning. The court will appoint a new sheriff at their regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 12.

Swain was elected sheriff in Nov. 2014 and had been serving since the first of January.


A memorial service for Swain will be held at the 1st Baptist Church in Heber Springs on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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