Mark McElroy

Despite rumors to the contrary, Desha County Judge Mark McElroy said he did not resign from office last week. “That is a false statement that I resigned,” McElroy said. “I’ve been county judge for 20 years and I want to go out the way I came in: doing my job.”

The rumor, perhaps, stemmed from a video played at last week’s quorum court meeting.

McElroy, who has three months left on his term and is running unopposed for District 11 state representative, said he got upset at a recent Desha County Quorum Court meeting and wanted to apologize publicly but was not able to attend Thursday’s meeting because he was going to be in Little Rock working at a charity auction. He said he believed a video of his apology would be more personal than a letter.

McElroy said he loves Desha County and it has been hard to come to grips with the fact that he will be leaving the county judge’s office after 20 years and he became emotional and got upset. He felt he owed the public an apology and an explanation.

“There might be a few people who wish I had resigned but I assure you, I didn’t,” McElroy said, adding that he had received several phone calls from people asking if he had.

“It worked out well because I haven’t received many phone calls from people wanting me to do anything, maybe they think I’m like Elvis and I’ve the building, but I assure I’m here and I’m open for business,” he said.