Judge Dismisses State's Suit to Remove Grant County Sheriff from Office

GRANT COUNTY, AR -- A Grant County Circuit Judge dismissed a State lawsuit Monday to remove Ray Vance from office because his resignation made the lawsuit a "moot" point.

The Grant County Court hearing began Monday afternoon to end a long-running back and forth between the State and Ray Vance, the now former Grant County Sheriff.

Vance has seen his fair share of the wrong side of a court room recently. He and his Attorney, Paul James say they hoped to end the litigation as a result of his resignation as Sheriff.

In 2010 Vance pleaded no contest to misrepresenting his residency on documents to obtain a lifetime hunting license from Kansas in 2010.

Monday, Vance called what happened in Kansas a misunderstanding and apologized for any negativity that has been reflected on the people or Grant County.

Despite later having the Kansas convictions expunged the State still called for his job by filing a suit to remove him from office.

His resignation this week though left the State's lawsuit obsolete.

Before accepting the State's motion to dismiss the case, Circuit Judge Chris Williams addressed the former Sheriff on a personal note.

"[I have] respect for you as a Sheriff. [Your] ability to run that office ... is impeccable," Judge Williams spoke to Vance directly. "I have no qualms with what you've done as Sheriff of this County."

The Judge said sometimes you just have to go and this is one of those times.

It seems however that Vance may not go for long.

"[I] Want the people to know of Grant County that I appreciate the opportunity to serve as their Sheriff the last two terms I've had," Vance said after the hearing. "I appreciate their support and um... they've not seen the last of me."

Vance wouldn't say for sure if he'd take over as Sheriff again if he won the November election. Ray Vance is the only name on the ballot for Grant County Sheriff.

When asked if he'll be seen as Sheriff once again in the future, James stepped in and said they just want to take this all one step at a time.

The Grant County Quorum Court will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to declare the Sheriff's position vacant and appoint an interim Sheriff.

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