Incoming Governor Hutchinson To Replace Head Of Arkansas State Police

Dec 2, 2014

Col. Stan Witt

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson has told the head of Arkansas State Police that the agency will have a new director after Hutchinson takes office next year.

Col. Stan Witt told employees Tuesday that Hutchinson had told him that he won't be staying on as director of State Police when the new governor is sworn into office in January.

A spokesman for Hutchinson confirmed that Hutchinson didn't plan to keep Witt as ASP director. Hutchinson has not announced who he'll name as Witt's replacement.

Gov. Mike Beebe named Witt state police director in 2012. Before then, he had served 27 years with the department.

Hutchinson, a Republican, was elected in November. Beebe, a Democrat, is leaving office in January due to term limits.