A Hamburg attorney has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Ashley County Quorum Court.

County Judge Jim Hudson said he recommended John R. Byrd Jr. for the appointment after he visited residents in District 4.

Hiram Taylor, who was elected to the position in the 2018 election, announced in September that he would be moving from the district and would have to vacate his seat.

Hudson said he decided to go out into the neighborhood and go door to door. Hudson said that those who live in the area heavily suggested Byrd.

“Several people told me that they thought he (Byrd) would be good and so I reached out to him,” Hudson said.

“He’s an attorney and so I thought that might be a good voice to have out there,” he said.

Byrd is a practicing attorney with Byrd Law Firm in Hamburg.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson accepted the judge’s recommendation to appoint Byrd in December. He will serve out the remainder of Taylor’s term, which ends Dec. 31.

Byrd’s first meeting as a member of the Quorum Court will be Jan. 14.

Billy Pippen is running unopposed for the District 4 seat. He will officially be elected in November, and will take office Jan. 1, 2021.

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