The Eighth Judicial District-North Prosecuting Attorney's Office got more expertise Wednesday with the addition of a deputy prosecutor, and Hempstead County's prosecutor officially joined the state commission dealing with domestic violence.
Eighth Judicial District-North Circuit Judge Randy Wright administered the oath of office in ceremonies in at Hempstead County Courthouse to Thomas Allgood, a native of Junction City, and has been practicing law in Arkansas since September and has been assisting in the office of Eighth Judicial District-North Prosecutor Christi McQueen since October.
Allgood is a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in political science.
He said that he is beginning to achieve a lifelong goal.
“I will mainly be doing district court here in Hempstead County and some in Nevada County,” Allgood said. “Since I went to law school, I wanted to go into the prosecutor's office; and, I consider this an exciting opportunity. I am really happy to be here, and I'm happy to be doing what I wanted to do.”
District court prosecutions are mainly non-felonies.
Allgood and his wife, Serena, will reside in Hope. She is a native of San Diego, Calif., and is a graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia with a degree in middle school education.
Wright also administered the oath of office to McQueen to formalize her appointment by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence.
“I am grateful to Governor Beebe for the opportunity to serve on this commission whose mission is to enhance the investigation, prosecution, treatment, support, and prevention of cases of child abuse, rape and domestic violence,” McQueen said.
She said she was asked by Beebe's office to apply for the position. McQueen will serve as a representative of the Arkansas Prosecutor's Association.
Wright said the commission serves as a resource to the Arkansas General Assembly in the development of laws regarding domestic violence.
He said the panel also consults with similar bodies from surrounding states in developing its recommendations.
“It helps to put everybody on the same page,” Wright said.