Circuit Judge Lee Fergus seeks third term on the judiciary

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Circuit Judge Lee Fergus

Circuit Judge Lee Fergus of Jonesboro has filed for re-election by submitting petitions with over 3000 signatures and has been approved by the Secretary of State's Office to be placed on the ballot on May 20 for his third consecutive six-year term for Division 2 of the Second Judicial District of Arkansas. The Second Judicial District consists of Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Poinsett and Mississippi counties.

Judge Fergus was appointed to the Division 10 position for Circuit Judge in July, 2001­Dec. 31, 2002 and was elected to Division 2 to begin serving Jan. 1, 2003 to the present. He is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, received his BA from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., attended graduate school at the University of Missouri and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville.

He was a lawyer as a sole practitioner in Osceola from 1975-2001, served as the Director of Criminal Investigation/Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (1975-1978), served as Municipal Judge in Osceola (December 1991-July 2001), was appointed Special Associate Justice for the Arkansas Supreme Court (1997 and 2000), and served as a captain in the United States Army Reserve (1975­1986, honorable discharge).

Judge Fergus has been married to Marla Fergus for 35 years, and they have two daughters, Jensie Fergus Cobb (son-in-law, Seth Cobb) of Rogers and Callie Fergus of Jonesboro, and they are the proud grandparents of twin baby girls born Nov. 5, 2013, Mary Pearl and Martha Anne Cobb.

He is a member of the Christian Legal Society, the Craighead County/Greene County and Arkansas Bar Associations, and National Lawyers Association. He has been admitted to the Arkansas Supreme Court (1975); United Stated District Court (Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas) (1976); United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit (1980); United States Tax Court (1980); and the United Stated Supreme Court (1981). He currently serves on the Arkansas Judicial Council Board of Directors, as well as several other committees with the Arkansas Judicial Council.

Judge Fergus is an active member and has served as a deacon at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, is a member of Gideons International, was chairman for 12 years of the South Mississippi County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is a Disaster Relief Volunteer and has traveled to Brazil and Guatemala on international mission trips.

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