Arkansas Legislator Resigning For Job At Human Services

Jun 6, 2016

Former Rep. Kelly Linck (R-Flippin) relaxing in a chair (front left) during a committee's last meeting at the close of a special legislative session in May 2016.
Credit Jacob Kauffman/KUAR News

Republican state Rep. Kelley Linck has notified Gov. Asa Hutchinson that he will be resigning his elected position to take a job with the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis confirmed Monday that the office has received a resignation letter from Linck, who serves as the chairman of the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says Linck will start on June 13 as the department's chief of legislative and governmental affairs. She says the move is part of new Director Cindy Gillespie's organizational review.

Linck, who is from Flippin, has served in the House since 2011.

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam says he has spoken to Linck and has been preparing for his departure since Linck did not run for re-election this year.