Hutchinson appoints Farmer, Crowson to commissions and boards

Hutchinson appoints Farmer, Crowson to commissions and boards

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Less than a week before his inauguration as the 46th elected governor of the state of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson made a stop in Jonesboro.

The governor-elect was on his Red White and BBQ Inaugural tour. Though the tour gave Hutchinson an opportunity to say thank you to supporters, it also gave him the chance to show his support for Northeast Arkansas.

"I've recognized how important Northeast Arkansas to our economy, our future of this state," Hutchinson said.

In campaign talks, Hutchinson promised appointing Northeast Arkansas residents to key roles in the state.

Wednesday night, he fulfilled that promise with two key appointments.

First, Hutchinson appointed Jonesboro resident Alec Farmer to the Arkansas State Highway Commission.

"I've grown up looking at the issues in Northeast Arkansas as far as infrastructure goes and transportation," Farmer told Region 8 News.

For Farmer, it's a family tradition he's honored to carry on.

"I've grown up around highway issues," Farmer said. "We actually had discussions about that around my kitchen table. My father was a highway commissioner 30 years ago."

That was the last time a commissioner was named from Jonesboro.

"I believe there will be some projects that my father started that hopefully I can finish."

For Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, who has a long list of road improvement plans, the appointment is promising for the future of infrastructure in Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas.

"I can assure you before I leave that I'll be getting with Scott and Alec. I've got a few drawings I want to show them," Mayor Perrin said.

As for the governor-Elect, he said it was an easy choice to name the Jonesboro native.

"Alec clearly has a heart to serve our state and our region, he's demonstrated that in the past," Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson also appointed Jonesboro resident Niel Crowson to the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.

Crowson, an ASU graduate, serves as president and CEO of E.C. Barton & Company. He has served as chairman for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, president of the Jonesboro Industrial Development Corporation and more.

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