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Former DEA official to lead Arkansas State Police

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A new director of the Arkansas State Police has been selected by Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson.

On Wednesday it was announced that Bill Bryant would lead the agency.

Bryant, according to a new release from Hutchinson, has 40 years of law enforcement experience, including 30 years working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In a statement Hutchinson said in part, "[Bill Bryant's] extensive experience at all levels within the law enforcement community makes him the ideal person for this key law enforcement position."

Bryant responded with the following statement, "I am honored and grateful for this opportunity. I believe the knowledge and experience I have gained over the course of my career in law enforcement has more than prepared me for this new role, and I look forward to serving Governor Hutchinson and the good people of Arkansas."

Bryant replaces Col. Stan Witt who had led ASP since 2012 when he was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe. Witt told employees Tuesday he was being let go as director.

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