An Ashley County Justice of the Peace has resigned after missing 16 consecutive quorum court meetings due to illness.

Citing a “medical condition” in his letter of resignation, District 4 JP Sam Arnold resigned after missing every meeting since April 2010.

Arnold was first elected to the Ashley County Quorum Court in 1995 and was reelected to every consecutive term, according to a Ashley County Court official.

Gov. Mike Beebe will appoint a replacement to complete Arnold’s current term after the quorum court officially declares the position vacant.