County judge called down for using county truck on Yellowstone vacation | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, October 5, 2017

County judge called down for using county truck on Yellowstone vacation

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:59 AM

click to enlarge HASKELL MORSE
OK, it's not charter jet travel, but it smacks of the same sort of attitude. The Hope Star reports that Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse got into hot water for getting the county to buy him a new $65,000 truck (more than $66,000 counting bed cover and mats) and then using it for a personal vacation to Yellowstone.

Called down by a member of the Quorum Court, Morse first defended use of the truck as legal since he paid for gas. But then he reversed course. He issued a letter apologizing for a "grave indiscretion in judgment." He's written a check reimbursing the county at the standard IRS rate.  He said, in part:
I know my decision may be the end of my service, but if that is the will of the citizens of Hempstead County and the good Lord, then I accept those consequences.

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: An open line and daily news summary

    • I am waiting for Tom cotton to approve the USA to enter the assassination Game…

    • on May 24, 2018
  • Re: UA puts goats to work

    • So now the Razor Hawgs aren't the only goats on campus.

    • on May 24, 2018
  • Re: Let the debate challenges begin

    • Womack is a communicator. I'd wager that he would hold his own in a debate,…

    • on May 24, 2018



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation