Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley announced to the Quorum Court at its regular meeting last Thursday night that he would be stepping down as sheriff effective Sept. 30.


Bradley, who earlier announced he did not plan to seek reelection as sheriff once this term was completed, has accepted the position as Director with the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association. The association acts as both a lobbying group for state sheriffs, as well as providing training and disseminating information to members.


Bradley was the association president for a 2013 - 2014 term.


“I’m going to miss being here,” Bradley said, “but I really feel like it’s time for a change.”


Bradley has been Van Buren County Sheriff for 15 years of his 23 years in law enforcement.


“I feel like I’m leaving the sheriff’s office a lot better than I found it,” Bradley said.


At the Quorum Court meeting County Attorney Chad Brown said it was a requirement for the county to have a sheriff in order for the deputy’s actions to be lawful. As such, the Court is holding a special session Thursday, Sept. 28, to review candidates for the sheriff’s position and elect Bradley’s successor.


Those who wish to apply for the position must meet Arkansas Constitutional Qualifications and have their resumes to the County Clerk’s office by Thursday, Sept. 28, at noon (contact info at article’s end).


At last Thursday’s meeting the only resume received, County Judge Roger Hooper said, was from Van Buren County Chief Deputy Randy Gurley.


Van Buren County Clerk Pam Bradford’s office is receiving resumes for the position, cut off time Thursday, Sept. 28 at noon. Resumes may be hand delivered, or alternatively by Email bradford.vbcclerk@mymedia3.com, or Fax 501-745-6976.