Kent Crow named District Court judge by governor

Friday, September 29, 2006
Gerald K. (Kent) Crow

BERRYVILLE -- Gerald K. (Kent) Crow has been appointed District Judge for the Eastern District of Carroll County by Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Crow replaces Judge Kent Coxsey, who died Sept. 10.

When announcing the appointment, Huckabee said, "Kent Crow not only has an extensive background in law, but also in the military and business. I know this varied experience will give him a unique perspective as he serves the people of the Eastern District."

Crow says he's grateful for the opportunity to fulfill Kent Coxsey's term.

"I feel it's an honor," he said. "It's a way of honoring him and I hope to be able to do that."

Crow said he learned of the appointment last Thursday and was in the district courtroom presiding over cases the next day.

"I held court last week and I'm trying to get up to speed," he said. "Betty Neal, the court clerk, has been great. She's getting me lined out."

Crow said he was one of several attorneys considered for the appointment.

"It's a process at the governor's office," he explained. "They accept applications for appointment from attorneys who are qualified. There were several others who applied."

Crow says he's been practicing law in the Berryville area since 1990.

Originally from Berryville, Crow said he spent his formative years in San Francisco. "My parents moved there when I was about five years-old," he recalled. "I received my political science degree from San Francisco State University."

He spent the next 10 years in the U.S. Army, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, and, after discharge, relocated to Berryville.

"Most of my family had moved back to Berryville, so I moved back too," he remembered.

Upon his return, Crow opened a business on the Berryville square.

"In 1983, prior to law school, I operated a restaurant on the square, where Geraldis is now," he remembered. "It was called J.W.s, after my great-great-grandfather, J.W. Freeman, for which Freeman Street is named. I did that four years, then went on to law school at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville."

Crow said he initially practiced law in Fayetteville with Mary Ann Gunn, who is now a circuit court judge, but returned to Berryville in 1990 to open his own practice.

Crow lives on a small farm southwest of Berryville. He will serve in the district judgeship position until Dec. 31, 2008.

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