State GOP Director Stepping Down

FEBRUARY 14, 2007 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Republican Party of Arkansas is looking for a new executive director.  Arkansas Republican chairman Gilbert Baker said yesterday that Clint Reed, the current top full-time official for the GOP in the state, is leaving to take a job with the Republican National Committee.

Baker said Reed's departure occurs tomorrow, but he will help the party for several weeks during a transition period.  The 30-year-old Reed has been hired as the Republican National Committee's regional political director for the Southern region.  No decision has been made on who will replace Reed at the party.

Baker said Reed's new job will not take him out of Arkansas.

The announcement comes only days after Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Jason Willett of Jonesboro announced that he is leaving his position.  Willett will step down at the end of March.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)