- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SHERIDAN, Ark. (AP) - Grant County’s long-serving top administrator, who was running unopposed for re-election in November, has died of complications from a recent surgery, an official said Tuesday.

County Judge Kemp Nall died early Sunday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, according to the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Sheridan. He was 64.

Randy Pruitt, the county’s emergency management 911 coordinator, said Nall was serving his 20th year and 10th term as county judge and had previously served on the Grant County Quorum Court. He said Nall appointed him to fill in as acting county judge during his surgery and recovery. He didn’t disclose the nature of the surgery.

County officials have asked the Association of Arkansas Counties for help figuring out how to proceed because Nall was running for re-election unopposed in November.

Pruitt said Nall, “spent 40 plus years serving Grant County and its citizens. His loss will have a tremendous impact on the county and his employees. He was a generous and caring person to work with.”

He said the Quorum Court will likely schedule an emergency meeting in the coming days to declare a vacancy and decide how to install an interim judge. Pruitt said he agreed to continue filling in until the county receives the proper guidance on how to proceed.

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