LITTLE ROCK, AR - Ron Oliver says he's leaving his job as Lt. Governor Bill Halter's chief of staff to head the Arkansas Racing Commission. Oliver said yesterday he will begin work August 1 as the commission's executive director.
The former chairman of the state Democratic Party said he would leave Halter's office later this month. He said he wanted to run a small state agency again, as he did when he directed the Arkansas Burial Associaton in the 1980s.
The 60-year-old Oliver will replace Shelby McCook, who retired as the commission's manager earlier this year.