Governor-elect Hutchinson to appoint new state police director

Governor-elect Hutchinson to appoint new state police director

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The leader of Arkansas State Police told his employees that he will no longer lead the organization, according to a news release.

According to Public Information Officer Bill Sadler, Col. Stan Witt told members of Arkansas State Police that Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson will select a new director. Witt is the current director of Arkansas State Police.

"During the transition period which is unfolding within state government, I ask for your support of Arkansas' new governor and his new State Police Director," Witt said in a statement to employees. "Many people are counting on us to make the transition seamless and continue to build on the trusted reputation the Arkansas State Police has with the citizens of Arkansas. Change is only another word for new opportunities. But if we are to be successful as these new opportunities arise, we must continue with a spirit of service and the remarkable commitment to the job assignments each of you have demonstrated over the past two years and four months while I've been your State Police Director. I ask for your continued support and I appreciate each of you!"

Witt, of Imboden, started his career in law enforcement in 1975, where he started as a radio operator for the Walnut Ridge Police Department.

In 1984, Witt was elected sheriff of Lawrence County. He was appointed to his current position in 2012. Click here for more on Witt's career.

A new director has not been named.

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