Posted 11/21/2012 10:40 am
Updated 6 months ago
Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday appointed Judge Cliff Hoofman of Enola to the Arkansas Supreme Court, replacing Justice Robert Brown, who is retiring.
Beebe appointed Hoofman to the state Court of Appeals in January. His term there expires Dec. 31.
Hoofman served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for eight years before serving in the state Senate for 20 years. He's also worked as director of legislative affairs in the attorney general's office and as city attorney in North Little Rock.
Brown, 71, has served 22 years on the state's high court. His retirement is effective Jan. 1.
The appointment was among several agency and judicial appointments. Other appointments were:
- John Andrews, Walnut Ridge, as the Director of Rural Services. Appointee serves at the will of the governor. Replaces Butch Calhoun.
- Bill Walmsley, Batesville, to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014. Replace Judge Jo Hart.
- Doug Martin, Fayetteville, to the 4th Judicial District, 2nd Division. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014. Replaces Judge Kim Smith.
- H.G. Foster, Conway, to the 20th Judicial District, 1st Division. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014. Replaces Judge David Reynolds.
- Will Feland, Cabot, to the 23rd Judicial District, 2nd Division. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014. Replaces Judge Phillip Whiteaker.
- P. Luevonda Ross, Monticello, to the Drew County District Court. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014. Replaces Ken Harper.
- Jason Duffy, Yellville, to the Marion County District Court. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014. Fills a vacancy in office.
All judicial appointments are effective on Jan. 1 except for Ross, who will be sworn in immediately, the governor's office said.