Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named a new deputy chief of staff for internal operations.
Hunter Ballard will be taking on the role, succeeding Ateca Foreman, who is taking over as the executive director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission. Ballard will begin the new role on Monday, May 17.
“From the day we hired Hunter during my first year in office, his commitment to serve the people of Arkansas has been evident,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “As he served in his first position as a counselor in constituent services, we saw his leadership potential, so Hunter was a natural fit to move into the role of deputy chief of staff.”
Most recently, Ballard has served as director of operations in Hutchinson’s office since 2019. He previously served as a constituent services counselor starting in August 2015 before being named deputy director and director of that office in April 2016 and July 2016, respectively.
Ballard graduated from Henderson State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Foreman is also set to begin her role as the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission executive director on May 17. She succeeds Leon Jones Jr., who resigned earlier in 2021 to run for the state Attorney General’s Office in the 2022 election.