The Monticello city flag will be placed at half staff in memory former District Judge P. Luevonda Ross who passed away on Friday. The city flag will remain at half-staff until sundown on Saturday, December 10, the day of Ross’ funeral service.
“Judge Ross was passionate about her community and the people she represented on the bench,” said Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, who signed a proclamation ordering the flag to be lowered. “Her benevolent leadership will be missed in Drew County. I will be eternally grateful for her friendship and service for the community.”
In December 2014, Ross completed her term as a Drew County District Court judge, a position to which she was appointed in 2012 by then-Gov. Mike Beebe.
In February 2016, she ran unopposed for 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Division 4. The district includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.
Ross spent much of her career in public service, beginning as a staff attorney at Central Arkansas Legal Services in Little Rock. She served as a 10th Judicial District deputy prosecutor and later as an 11th Judicial District-West deputy prosecutor. She also worked in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit as an assistant attorney general and later as deputy attorney general.
Ross was an honor graduate of Monticello High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hendrix College. In 1984, she was one of the first 10 students to study under a new program at Birkbeck College, London University, in London, England. In 1986, she was accepted to study in the Justice Unit of the Washington Semester Program at the American University in Washington, D.C. She also studied abroad for a year at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain as a Rotary International Foundation Scholar.
She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law.
Ross was the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Woman of the Year and was a recipient of the NAACP 2013 Leadership Award.
A funeral service for Ross will be held on December 10 at 11 a.m. at the Monticello Middle School Auditorium.