State Police Director Gives Resignation Notice

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.

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