In Arkansas, Scroggin to Lead Poultry Commission, Belk to Lead Labor Department

Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday named Preston Scroggin of Vilonia as director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and Ricky Belk of Alma as director of the Arkansas Labor Department.

Scroggin, 46, is Faulkner County judge and president of the County Judges' Association of Arkansas. The commission’s previous director, Steve Bryles, died in December.

Belk, 56, is on the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Since 2005, he has been secretary-treasurer for the Arkansas AFL-CIO. He replaces James Salkeld, who retired earlier this month.

Beebe also said that he's appointing Shelia Vaught of Little Rock to the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees. Vaught's appointment expires on Jan. 14, 2020. She replaces Rush Harding, who has left the board.

Beebe alsp reappointed Ron Rhodes of Cherokee Village to a second term on the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees, and Leigh Whiteside of Russellville to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.