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Mary Casteel Tapped to Lead ABC

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday appointed Mary Robin Casteel as director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.
Former director Bud Roberts resigned May 26.
Casteel submitted her resignation nearly a week before Roberts did and had planned to return to private practice, but then she agreed to stay on as interim director.  
“The ABC faces a number of challenges in the near future, and continuity of leadership will help ensure the success of the agency,” Hutchinson said in a news release. “Mary Robin has proven herself a capable leader and an authority on ABC operations. We’re glad she’s agreed to stay on.”
Casteel, a licensed attorney, joined ABC in 2013. She said in the release, “We’ve got a lot of work to do in the coming months related to medical marijuana, as well as the always busy work of regulating alcohol. But we have a good team, and I’m glad to remain a part of it.”
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