A hometown girl with roots in Clark County starts 2018 as a new deputy prosecutor for neighboring Nevada County as Gurdon native Kolby Harper was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Nevada County Courthouse in Prescott by Circuit Judge Duncan Culpepper.

A hometown girl with roots in Clark County starts 2018 as a new deputy prosecutor for neighboring Nevada County as Gurdon native Kolby Harper was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Nevada County Courthouse in Prescott by Circuit Judge Duncan Culpepper.
Harper, 31, is a native of Gurdon, and she previously served on the Gurdon City Council.
In a brief statement prior to the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, Harper said “l am excited to have the opportunity to work in this judicial district and eager to get
involved in this community.”
Harper was already looking at home chatting with the bailiff and greeting other court personnel just prior to Culpepper’s entry. After her swearing-in, Eighth North Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen presented Harper with her official prosecutor’s badge.
“Kolby has been working in our office since mid—December and is in the process of moving to Prescott. She is filling the position held by Traci Graham until Traci’s recent
marriage and relocation to Texas,” McQueen said.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Kolby’s background to come here and serve in Prescott. I am very excited to have her here,” McQueen said.
As the elected district prosecuting attorney, McQueen served both Hempstead and Nevada Counties. Although Harper will primarily serve in Nevada County, her appointment as one of McQueen’s deputy prosecutors covers both Hempstead and Nevada counties.
Harper is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, and she previously worked in the Clark County Prosecutor’s office. Harper is also a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where she majored in Political Science and Spanish, with a minor in French.
After graduation from OBU, Harper was an Ambassadorial Rotary Scholar, a program of
the Rotary Foundation established to lead to better understanding and relations between Rotary Clubs in this country and hosts countries.
As a goodwill ambassador, Harper represented the Gurdon Rotary Club and the State of Arkansas in Mendoza, Argentina, for six months. While in Argentina, she became fluent in Spanish.