Former Eureka Springs parks employee arrested

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

By Scott Loftis and Samantha Jones

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

A former employee of the Eureka Springs Parks Department was arrested last week on a charge of theft of property, apparently in connection with an ongoing Arkansas State Police investigation.

The intake log from the Carroll County Detention Center indicates that Morning Dove Bolerjack, 38, of Berryville was booked into the jail on Wednesday, June 17.

In response to an inquiry, Chief Deputy Maj. Jerry Williams of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said by email that Bolerjack was arrested by ASP Special Agent Joseph Pickett on a warrant for theft of property at 9:55 a.m. June 17.

“Ms. Bolerjack was served her warrant, processed through the Jail and released on 06/17/2020 at 1045 (per the

Prosecuting Attorney’s Office),” Williams wrote.

Bill Sadler, public information officer for the state police, said the ASP investigation is ongoing and referred further questions to local authorities.

“This case involves allegations of theft from a municipal department in Carroll County,” Sadler said by email. “Because the investigative status of the case remains open and active, pursuant to Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division practices and protocol, your source of information will have to come from the affidavit which is on file with the court clerk and prosecuting attorney.”

Both the Carroll County circuit clerk’s office in Eureka Springs and the Carroll County prosecuting attorney’s office said Monday afternoon that a criminal affidavit could not be released pending the filing of formal charges.

Sadler confirmed by email on March 6 that state police were investigating the Eureka Springs Parks Department in connection with “allegations of misappropriated or unaccounted assets.”

The Carroll County News and the Lovely County Citizen, sister newspapers published by Carroll County Newspapers, reported in February that the department was being investigated by the state police and by a special prosecutor in separate cases.

Eureka Springs Police Chief Brian Young said Feb. 28 that the commission was being investigated for holding an alleged illegal meeting and for missing money. Young said the investigation regarding missing money was turned over to the state police, while a special prosecutor had been appointed to handle the investigation into the alleged illegal meeting.

Bolerjack, who had been office manager for the parks department, resigned from her position in November 2019.

Both Parks Director Justin Huss and Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry said Monday they had been unaware of Bolerjack’s arrest, and both declined to comment. Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers did not return a message. Bolerjack could not be reached for comment.

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