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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Former County Clerk Kade Holliday given $150,000 bond

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark- We are learning more today about former County Clerk Kade Holliday’s arrest, including that he has resigned from his position.

Former County Clerk Kade Holliday appeared today for his bond hearing.

Holliday was arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of theft of property exceeding one million since January 2020 and dollars and abuse of power.

“I was satisfied. The court had a thorough analysis of the factors that govern the conditions of whether a person should be released on bond and what is an appropriate amount given their length of residency in Craighead County,” says Craighead County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Grant DeProw. “Whether if they have property interest and family interest in Craighead County. What is the potential that they will remain and subject to the jurisdiction of the court as opposed to fleeing to another jurisdiction to avoid prosecution.”

Holliday must also wear an ankle monitor, surrender his passport and any firearms until the case is concluded, as well as not have contact with any County employees or financial institution.

He must also meet with a probation officer weekly, not break any local, state, or federal laws and is not allowed on the property of the Craighead County Courthouse or Annex.

District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington received an urgent call from County Judge Marvin Day and auditors from the Division of Legislative Audit on June 25.

The Auditors raised suspicion of payroll thefts from county funds to Holliday’s personal bank account 12 times since January.

Day and Ellington met with arkansas state police regarding the suspension led to Holliday’s arrest.

DeProw says he takes Holliday’s case very seriously.

“When you sign up to be a public official you take on a trust and when you violate that trust for your own personal benefit that moves you up to the top of the list in crimes as far as we are concerned,” says DeProw. “Each time you violate trust you are offending all your neighbors and fellow citizens.”

A lawsuit has been filed by Craighead County seeking 1.4 million dollars in damages as well as a temporary restraining order against Holliday has also been filed by the city.

Holliday will appear in court again on July 27th at 9:30 am.


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