Region 8 Native Sworn In as Chief Justice

January 5, 2004 - Posted at 1:23 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Region 8 native Betty Dickey was sworn in today as Arkansas' Chief Justice.

Dickey becomes the first woman to hold the office.  The Lawrence County native says she's a role model for women, but as chief justice won't be an advocate for women or any special interests.

Dickey's daughter held the Bible during this morning's ceremony, while her two sons looked on.

Dickey had been serving as Governor Huckabee's chief legal counsel.  She is to serve for the remainder of this year in the place of Chief Justice W.H. "Dub" Arnold, who announced his resignation last month.

The 63-year-old Dickey will not be eligible to run for the post in the November 2004 election.  A replacement will be elected to serve the remaining four years of Arnold's term.

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