Judge rules in Jernigan's favor
A Poinsett County judge ruled Monday that Steve Jernigan is eligible to remain mayor of Lepanto.
According to Jernigan's attorney, Arlon Woodruff, "the judge ruled in favor of Jernigan's election and denied the prosecuting attorney's office petition."
There had been some question as to whether or not the city address Jernigan listed when running for mayor was actually his home address. The prosecutor's office had received complaints that Jernigan did not reside in the city limits and had the Arkansas State Police investigate.
Prosecuting attorney Martin Lilly said that during an interview with State Police, "Jernigan produced a one page document which was a lease for $5 a week. The lease was for a residence in the city limits which has no phone and utilities in his name."
Jernigan took office Jan. 1 and will remain in office thanks to the ruling.
"I'm just pleased with the results," Jernigan said.