Asa Hutchinson Announces Senior Staff Hires

Asa Hutchinson Announces Senior Staff Hires
Asa Hutchinson

Republican Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced some additional senior staff hires:

  • Jon Gilmore, Little Rock, as deputy chief of staff. Gilmore previously served as campaign manager for the Asa for Governor campaign.
  • Betty Guhman, North Little Rock, as senior advisor. Guhman served as chief of staff when Hutchinson was a U.S. Representative. She has also served as a senior official for the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security.
  • Elizabeth Smith, Little Rock, as chief legal counsel. Smith is currently associate general counsel for the University of Arkansas System.
  • Leon Jones Jr., Fayetteville, as director of policy. Jones previously served as the minority outreach coordinator for the Asa for Governor campaign.
  • J.R. Davis, Fayetteville, as communications director. Davis previously served as communications director and spokesman for the Asa for Governor campaign.
  • Bruce Campbell, Little Rock, as director of appointments. He previously served as political director for the Asa for Governor Campaign.
  • Duncan Baird, Lowell, as budget director. Baird is a term-limited member of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
  • Ateca Williams, Conway, as director of constituent services. Williams served as director of special projects for the Asa for Governor campaign.
  • Christian Olson, Little Rock, policy advisor. Olson was previously the director of policy for the Asa for Governor campaign.

"These individuals are not only hardworking, but they bring a substantive amount of knowledge and experience to their respective positions," Hutchinson said in the news release. "I have no doubt my administration and the people of Arkansas will benefit greatly from these qualities."

More: Arkansas Business this week looks at the coming leadership shuffle at state agencies and departments.

Hutchinson has previously announced the hire of former state Sen. Michael Lamoureux as his chief of staff. Lamoureux resigned his seat in the state Senate earlier this month.