Mississippi County, Ark., County Judge Randall Carney dies from surgery complications at 57

August 11, 2017: Mississippi County, Ark., County Judge Randall L. Carney, who in his five years as the county's leader helped attract a $1.3 billion steel company and suggested consolidating the county's two courthouses to save costs, died on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from complications from surgery at a Memphis hospital. Carney was 57. Carney died about 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Carney had suffered from lung cancer and, although he had announced he was cancer-free in 2014, the cancer returned. "He was a wonderful person," said Terri Brassfield, Carney's Assistant. "We are devastated." Carney was elected as the County Judge in 2011, and he was re-elected twice to a two-year term. His current term ends on Dec. 31, 2018. "Randy's greatest asset and his greatest problem was the size of his heart," Justice of the Peace Michael White said. "He wanted to help everybody regardless of who they were." "He'd take it on the chin sometimes, but he knew his job and his responsibilities," White said. During his tenure, Carney oversaw the development of Big River Steel, an Osceola steel mill that was the largest economic development project in Arkansas. "That definitely was his biggest achievement," White said. Mississippi County Quorum Court members are scheduled to meet next week, the week of August 13-19, 2017, and appoint someone to finish Carney's term, White said. "I think I'd sum up Randy's term with one word: Prosperity," White said. "He brought Big Steel in, and he tried to bring Mississippi County together. It made it a pleasure to work with him with his positive-minded ways."

Attribution: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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