Lawrence County Native Named New Chief Justice

December 4, 2003 - Posted at 3:11 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee has named Betty Dickey as the new Arkansas chief justice.

Dickey will become the first woman in Arkansas history to serve as chief justice.

W.H. "Dub" Arnold announced Monday that he would resign the post effective January 1.  Dickey will serve through the end of next year.  A new chief justice will be elected in the November 2004 general election to serve out the four years remaining on Arnold's term.

The 63-year-old Dickey is a former Jefferson County employee and is a former Huckabee appointee to the state Public Service Commission.

Dickey, a Republican, has also run unsuccessfully for state attorney general.  She lost to Democrat Mark Pryor.

Dickey presently serves as Huckabee's legal counsel.

She lives in Little Rock and grew up in Lawrence County.

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