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12:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Charles Robinson Praised As Fills Out Term Of Arkansas Treasurer

Gov. Mike Beebe and Charles Robinson at a news conference May 29, 2013 when Beebe announced Robinson would fill out the term of Martha Shoffner.
Credit Maureen Kennedy / Arkansas Business

A year after he was appointed to take over Arkansas' scandal-plagued state treasurer's office, Charles Robinson has fulfilled the goal laid out for him by the governor and lawmakers: Keep the low-profile office out of the news.

Beebe and lawmakers are praising Robinson, who was appointed to the post a year ago this week.

Robinson replaced ex-Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a Democrat who resigned last year after being arrested in an FBI sting. Shoffner was convicted on 14 bribery and extortion charges after prosecutors said she steered state business to a bond broker who gave her cash payments.

Robinson said he's been focusing on addressing the problems with the office and implementing a state law overhauling the post.