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any employment decision. Also, there is no “deductible” charge. Tere is no reason not to call. Tere is every reason to call. So, ... please call. We want to help you avoid the risk of liability. When you call for free legal help in connection with an employment


matter, we will draft any necessary paperwork with no charge to the member county. Tis is a benefit of AACRMF membership. Te paperwork will evi- dence both the applicable facts and the applicable law. It will incorporate the “procedural due pro- cess” requirements of af- fording a timely hearing opportunity. If a County Grievance Committee hearing is requested, the AACRMF will draft the response of the county. In that process, we will help determine if the facts or the law require the county to provide the requested hearing. A hearing is not required in all instances. We will help you know when a hearing is and is not required. All of this is done at no charge to the AACRMF member county. Te reason the AACRMF trustees have authorized the provision of this

Tere is every reason to call. We want to help you avoid the risk of liability.

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pre-hearing legal help, without charge to AACRMF member counties, is that this process has proven to be an effective way to manage the risk of

We want your news

Did an aspect of county government “make news” recently in your county? Did any of your county officials or staff get an

award, appointment or pat on the back? Please let us know about it for the next edition of County Lines magazine. You can write up a couple of paragraphs about it, or if something ran in your local paper, call and ask them to forward the story to us. We encourage you or your newspaper to attach a good quality photo, too: e-mail


ore than half of Arkansas’ 75 counties are members of the Association of Arkansas Counties Risk Management Fund (AACRMF). AACRMF member counties are not charged for the legal help provided in connection with

county liability. It works. Remember all Americans and, there-

fore, all county employees have the same liberty rights. “At-will” and “permanent” employees,

therefore, have exactly the same liberty rights. A county may not deprive any per- son of “... liberty ..., without due process of law.” Mt. Healthy City School Dist. Bd.


ore than half of Arkansas’ 75 counties are members...


v. Doyle, 429 U.S. 274 (1977); 14th Amendment. If you are


member, please let us help you with any employment. By the way the AACRMF is also offering a free

employment policy update to all AACRMF mem- ber counties.

Any county (AACRMF member, or not) that wants a copy of the newly updated 2012 Model Employment Policy should send its request to We will e-mail you a copy. (Mike Rainwater, a regular contributor to County Lines and lead attorney

for AAC Risk Management, is principal shareholder of Rainwater, Holt, and Sexton, P.A., a state-wide personal injury and disability law firm. He has been a lawyer for more than 30 years, is a former deputy prosecuting attorney and has defended city and county officials for more than 25 years.)

Arkansas County

Tax Collectors award Bobbye McAlister Scholarships

Te following are this years winners on the

Bobbye McAlister Memorial Scholarships awarded by the Arkansas County Tax Collec- tors Association. Students receiving $1,000 scholarships were: London King, granddaughter of Sylvia Knoles, Franklin County Collector; and Dalynn T.D. Johnson, grandson of Carol Johnson, retired Craighead County Deputy Collector, mother is Robin Johnson current Craighead County Deputy Collector. Te student who received the $500 scholarship was Tyler Lee Hays, stepson of Cathy (CJ) Hays, Greene County Collector.


County Law Update

Mike Rainwater Risk Management Legal Counsel

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