City Flag lowered to half-staff in memory of former District Court Judge P. Luevonda Ross.(12/5/2016) #MonticelloAR
Friday Mayor Zack Tucker signed a proclamation ordering the Flag of the City of Monticello to be placed at half-staff in memory of former District Court Judge P. Luevonda Ross who passed away Friday. The City Flag will remain at half-staff until sundown Saturday, December 10, 2016; the day of Judge Ross’ funeral service.
“Judge Ross was passionate about her community and the people she represented on the bench,” said Mayor Zack Tucker. “Her benevolent leadership will be missed in Drew County; and the I will be eternally grateful for her friendship and service for the community.”
In December 2014, she completed her term as a Drew County District Court judge, a position she was appointed to in 2012 by Gov. Mike Beebe. In February 2016, she was elected to service as Judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit for Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.
Ross spent much of her career in public service, beginning as a staff attorney at Central Arkansas Legal Services in Little Rock. She has served as a deputy prosecutor in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office in the 10th Judicial District and later as a deputy prosecutor in the 11th Judicial District-West in Pine Bluff. She also worked in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit as an assistant attorney general and later as deputy attorney general.
Ross was an honor graduate of Monticello High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hendrix College. In 1984, she was one of the first 10 students to study under a new program at Birkbeck College, London University, in London, England. In 1986, she was accepted to study in the Justice Unit of the Washington Semester Program at the American University in Washington, D.C. She also studied abroad for a year at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain as a Rotary International Foundation Scholar. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law.
Ross was the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Woman of the Year and is a recipient of the NAACP 2013 Leadership Award.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Monticello Middle School.