Gov. Hutchinson appoints Circuit Judge, Prosecutor

Gov. Hutchinson appoints Circuit Judge, Prosecutor

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday appointed two Northeast Arkansas women to serve in the state's judiciary.

Maureen Hazinski Harrod of Heber Springs was appointed to serve as a circuit judge in the sixteenth Judicial District, which covers Independence County, while Holly Meyer of Heber Springs was appointed to serve as prosecuting attorney for the sixteenth Judicial District.

Harrod will fill the vacancy of Chief Justice-elect John Dan Kemp. Harrod's term will begin Jan.1, 2017 and expire Dec. 31, 2018.

Harrod currently has a private law practice in Heber Springs, where she specializes in civil and corporate litigation and often handles domestic cases. She has done an extensive amount of appellate work in both the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals, Hutchinson said in the announcement.

Previously, Harrod served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth and Sixteenth Judicial Districts, City Attorney for the city of Heber Springs, and Alderman for the city of Heber Springs. Harrod earned her B.S. and B.A. from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.

Meyer will fill the vacancy of Circuit Judge-elect Don McSpadden. Meyer's term will begin Jan. 1, 2017 and expire Dec.31, 2018.

Meyer currently serves as circuit judge for the Sixteenth Judicial District. Previously, she served as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixteenth Judicial District, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District, and Chief Counsel at the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Meyer was also appointed and served as Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Meyer is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock. She earned her B.A. from Hendrix College and her J.D. from UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

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