LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed John Thomas Shepherd of El Dorado to serve as the prosecuting attorney for the 13th Judicial District. Shepherd will replace David Butler, who passed away earlier this year. Shepherd will serve until Dec. 31, 2018, when the next prosecuting attorney is elected.
“I am pleased to appoint John Shepherd to serve as prosecuting attorney for the 13th Judicial District. Shepherd’s impressive legal ability and experience as the deputy prosecuting attorney will serve him well in this new role,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset to the 13th district and the people of Arkansas.”
Shepherd is a partner at Law Offices Shepherd & Shepherd, P.A., in El Dorado and has served as the deputy prosecuting attorney for the 13th Judicial District since November of 2016.
Shepherd currently serves on the board of directors for the Eighth Circuit Bar Association and is the president of the Union County Bar Association. He is also recognized as a certified contract advisor by the National Football League Players Association. Additionally, he serves as a commissioner for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Shepherd graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Arkansas Law Review.
The 13th Judicial District serves Calhoun, Cleveland, Columbia, Ouachita, Dallas and Union counties.