WALDRON — The widow of the Scott County sheriff who was killed during flooding in western Arkansas last month was sworn in Tuesday to serve out the remainder of her husband’s term.

The Scott County Quorum Court voted unanimously Monday to appoint Amie Carpenter to succeed Cody Carpenter, who died in devastating flooding that swept through the county in the Y City area on May 31.

Amie Carpenter’s term in office will run through Dec. 31, 2014. Arkansas law allows her to fill the vacancy, but she will not be eligible to stand for re-election. She has no law enforcement experience, but none is necessary to hold the office.

Cody Carpenter was serving his fifth term as sheriff.

He and wildlife officer Joel Campora responded to a 911 call to a residence where two women lived near Y City early in the morning of May 31. Heavy rains overnight forced the Fourche LeFave River out of its banks.

Eventually, the flooding crushed the home and swept it away. Carpenter’s body was found about a mile downstream after daybreak May 31. Campora’s body was found June 2. The two women in the house, Kay Shearn and Vivian Sue Reimer, also were killed.

A fifth woman, Cathy Ann Holder of Dallas, also died in the Scott County flooding.


Justin Bates writes for the Times Record in Fort Smith.