MAY 31, 2005 - Posted at 3:13 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee today nominated Dr. Joe Thompson as chief health officer for Arkansas. Thompson will have to be confirmed by the state Board of Health.
The health officer position is a new one. Huckabee says Thompson will shape policy and develop strategies for improving the health of state residents.
Thompson lives in Little Rock and is a pediatrician. He is also a faculty member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Thompson helped develop the state plan for spending tobacco settlement revenues on health.