Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister on Friday agreed to resign Dec. 15 following disciplinary charges linked to four felony counts related to tax evasion.
The judge asked for a hearing after he was suspended in July following charges alleging that he failed to pay or file state taxes for the years 2012-14 and 2016.
McCallister's resignation has the legal effect of "removal from office" as defined in Proctor v. Daniels, according to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission. That means he is permanently disqualified from holding judicial office.
McCallister is expected to submit his resignation to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday. He's expected to file a final pleading on Dec. 15.
"Judge McCallister was candid with the JDDC staff concerning the allegations and violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct …," the commission said in a news release. "This agreement saves months of time, hours of work and the cost of litigation. Acceptance of responsibility by Judge McCallister is appreciated."
Saline County Special Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons alleges that McCallister failed to pay or file state taxes for the years 2012-14 and 2016. If convicted, McCallister faces up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on each count.
McCallister 's trial is scheduled for Dec. 19-20 in the Saline County Courthouse in front of Circuit Judge David Laser.