Madison County Judge honored for ‘boldly advocating for the counties of Arkansas’

LITTLE ROCK— Madison County Judge Frank Weaver has been awarded the Association of Arkansas Counties’ (AAC) 2019 Wes Fowler Advocacy Award for his “tireless work in boldly advocating for the counties of Arkansas.” Weaver was self-employed in the logging industry and served as fire chief and first responder for the Kingston Fire Department before running for retiring County Judge Wes Fowler’s seat in 2010.

“I am very honored to receive an award like this — and very humbled that I was even considered for, let alone, chosen for it,” said Weaver. “I’m challenged by it as well to continue working in the direction of the person who this award was established for. His intent was for every county to succeed, and I want to continue doing that for as long as I can.”

The award was established in 2017 following the death of Fowler, who spent decades working in Madison County government before finishing his career at the AAC as Governmental Relations Director.The award will be given annually to a county or district official that has exhibited great passion for advocacy over the previous year. The AAC Board of Directors Scholarship Committee selects the recipient of the award. Recipients will receive an Arkansas County Diamond Award and will be honored in perpetuity at the Association of Arkansas Counties with a permanently placed plaque and names added each year.

Randolph County Circuit Clerk and AAC Board President Debbie Wise and AAC Executive Director Chris Villines presented the advocacy award to Weaver during the AAC’s 51stannual conference, held Aug. 21-23, 2019, in Hot Springs/Garland County.

In her presentation, Wise called Judge Weaver “an unassuming and humble person.” Villines reminisced about the friendship Weaver and Fowler shared and explained the reasons Weaver was selected to receive the award.

“They had a deep friendship, and both lived Godly lives. I will never forget Frank singing at Wes’ funeral and the love the two of them shared,” said Villines. “Frank has earned leadership roles within the County Judges’ Association of Arkansas, and he helped lead them to an incredibly successful 2019 legislative session as their president.”

Weaver and his wife, Beth, have been married for nearly 45 years. They have three sons.

About the Association of Arkansas Counties

The AAC supports and promotes the idea that all elected officials must have the opportunity to act together in order to solve mutual problems as a unified group. To further this goal, the AAC is committed to providing a single source of cooperative support and information for all counties and county and district officials.

The overall purpose of the association is to work for the improvement of county government in the state of Arkansas. The association accomplishes this purpose by providing legislative representation, on-site assistance, general research, training, various publications and conferences to assist county officials in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their office.

The AAC Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members — two representatives elected by each of nine member associations.

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