Article 5, Section 9 of the Arkansas Constitution states that anyone who has been convicted of an "infamous crime" is ineligible to hold public office in Arkansas. The term is ill-defined within the Constitution, but the state Supreme Court has since ruled that misdemeanors that include "elements of deceit or dishonesty" qualify as "infamous crimes."
Saline County residents deserve and need a law-abiding Sheriff who respects the oath he's taken to protect and serve with integrity.
Instead, we have one with a long history of driving drunk; one that tolerates the torture of inmates in the jail resulting in death and injury for which the county is being sued; and has a history of hiring officers who have previously been fired from other agencies for drug use.
His checkered past is long and shameful and it's time he is removed from office before he gets someone else killed... either by driving drunk or at the hands of his deputies.
We can no longer trust Bruce Pennington with our safety and that of our families.
We request that a full investigation be initiated into Bruce Pennington's behavior during his time as Saline County Sheriff. Not just the most recent incident at Denton's, but for the entirety of his employment as Sheriff. The witnesses and testimonies are out there to be had, and if not for fear of retaliation and repercussions they would gladly come forward.
The citizens of Saline County shouldn't have to live in fear with an alcoholic and habitual law breaker at the helm of our law enforcement. For those of us who did vote for him this is not what we expected, it's unacceptable behavior of an elected official and it violates every standard he swore to uphold. His behavior is disrespectful of his oath and the citizens he's charged with protecting.
It's just a matter of time before he causes injury or death to one of us with his own drunken decisions, just as his employees do within the confines of his jail. Saline County is a dangerous place to be for all of us and it's time to put it on everyone's radar to have him thoroughly investigated.
Please help us make our county safe. Remove Bruce Pennington from the Office of Sheriff of Saline County.