Benton County Commissioner Pat Malone and Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall were sworn into office by Judge Joan Demarest on Wednesday. (Photo provided by Benton County Public Information Office)

Benton County Commissioner Pat Malone and Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall were sworn into office by Judge Joan Demarest, Wednesday.

Malone, a tree farmer from Kings Valley, defeated his opponent in the November general election to retain his seat on the Board of Commissioners.

Malone listed public transportation and justice system improvements among his top priorities.

“I want to represent all of our county,” Malone said. “I think it’s important to be familiar with all parts of the county and get as much information about what the issues and concerns are, and what we are trying to achieve throughout the county.”

Van Arsdall was appointed to his position in March 2021 and ran unopposed in the election.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be elected as the sheriff of Benton County, an honor I don’t take lightly,” Van Arsdall said. “I look forward to serving the next four years as your sheriff.” 

They will both begin serving four-year terms beginning in January.