• A ceremony will be held to honor Benton County Judge Bruce Rutherford who served as judge between 1989-1996

    The Benton County Quorum Court passed a resolution in August 2022 to dedicate and honor former Benton County Judge Bruce Rutherford. Rutherford initiated building the Benton County Administration Building and was still serving as County Judge when the building was opened in 1996. The Administration building has become the center of operations for Benton County services. A plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the lobby of the Administration building on Thursday, September 29th at 5 p.m. with a short reception afterwards. The public and media are invited to attend the dedication ceremony in honor of former Benton County Judge Bruce Rutherford.

    About Bruce Rutherford’s Legacy

    Bruce Rutherford first served Benton County as a Deputy Sheriff between 1982-1988. Shortly thereafter, he was elected in office as County Judge where he would serve until 1996. Rutherford is credited for several accomplishments including the creation of the Office of Emergency Communications, known commonly as CENCOM. After his time as County Judge, Rutherford would become a criminal investigator for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office starting in 2007 until his passing in 2017.