FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson on Monday, July 18 appointed Fort Smith attorney Sam Terry to a vacant judgeship in the Sebastian County District Court for the Fort Smith District.

The governor cites Terry’s energy as an attorney for the promotion, saying he will always step up when there is a need for his skills. “I saw firsthand Sam’s integrity, wisdom, impartiality, and temperament when I appointed him as a district judge and as a Special Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of Arkansas. He will bring that same work ethic to this job, and I am grateful he was willing to step up again,” said Gov. Hutchinson.

Terry is a Fort Smith native and current resident who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas. He serves as prosecuting attorney for the City of Fort Smith, and he is of counsel with Smith, Cohen & Horan.

He is a member and past president of the Sebastian County Bar Association, a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, and a former member of the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He is also a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty under Forty Class of 2018.

Terry sits on the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee. He also has served as chairman of the Sebastian County Election Commission; president of the HOPE Humane Society; and president of the Children’s Emergency Shelter Foundation. He is treasurer of the Fort Smith Museum of History.

“I am very appreciative of Governor Hutchinson’s expression of confidence in me again to serve as a district court judge,” Terry said. “I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am eager to get to work for the citizens of Sebastian County.”

His term will begin July 18 and expire December 31, 2024. He is replacing Judge Claire Borengasser, who retired on June 1.