St. Francis County Sheriff Resigns, Blames Poor County Finances

OCTOBER 5, 2005 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CDT

FORREST CITY, AR - The Saint Francis County sheriff has resigned, blaming a disordered county government that poorly managed its finances.

Sheriff Dave Parkman said his resignation is effective October 14, but added that at some point he may return to the department or even run in the May primary.  Parkman has held the office since 1987 and has received more than 60 percent of the vote in each election.

He also said that health problems contributed to his decision to leave.  Parkman has worked in law enforcement for 45 years.  The quorum court will choose his replacement.  State law prohibits the interim sheriff from running for sheriff next year.

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