MAY 11, 2004 - Posted at 7:22 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee will soon be looking for a new Arkansas State Police director.
Don Melton says he will quit on June 20, three years to the day after being sworn in. He says he will take a family vacation, play golf and look into some business opportunities.
State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Melton will submit a resignation letter to the governor, who will name a replacement.
Governor Huckabee said he regrets losing Melton's service to his administration, but looks forward to keeping him as a friend.
The 59-year-old Melton is a former U.S. Marshall.
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Dozier is deputy director and is expected to handle day-to-day operations of the department until a replacement is named.
Melton replaced Tom Mars, who quit during the 2001 legislative session. Mars said he quit because of a strained relationship with a legislator who handled the agency's package of proposed legislation.