Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck, charged with a felony records tampering charge, pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge today and got six months’ probation. He resigned from office in mid-April after the Benton County Quorum Court agreed to give him about $80,000 for pay and health insurance coverage for the rest of the year.

Cradduck was charged with asking employees to backdate hiring records of a jailer so that he was paid before he started work. Cradduck also was charged with trying to get an employee to cover for him after a State Police investigation began.


I can’t help but note that Benton County is home to the legislator, Rep. Jim Dotson, who’s been trying to put onerous limitations on how needy families spend some small state assistance checks — no expenditures for kids’ field trips, for example. The county is also a hotbed of resistance to using tax money to help poor working people have insurance coverage.