Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced two appointments to the Arkansas State Police Commission. He has named Murray Benton Sr. of Jonesboro and Ken Reeves of Harrison to the commission.
Benton is the president of Mid South Sales, as well as a board member of Baptist Memorial Health Care System, NEA Baptist Hospital, Jonesboro Unlimited, NEA Industrial Development Commission, and the Advisory Committee on Petroleum Storage Tanks.
His term is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2021 and run through Jan. 14, 2023. He replaces Bill Benton.
“I’m delighted to appoint Murray Benton to the Arkansas State Police Commission. Our state police deserve the highest quality of service, and I have no doubt that Murray’s proven leadership in business and his community will serve him well. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Bill Benton, who has spent 6 years as a dedicated commissioner,” Hutchinson said in a statement.
Reeves served as vice president and general counsel for FedEx Freight Inc. and is a previous member of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission.
Reeves will begin serving on the commission on Jan. 15, 2021, and his term runs through Jan. 14, 2028. He will replace Jane Christenson.
“Ken’s legal background and experience working with law enforcement will be an asset to the State Police Commission. He is a lifelong Arkansan committed to public service. I am confident he will be an outstanding addition to the Commission,” Hutchinson said.
The current members of the commission, excluding Christenson and Benton, are Neff Basore of Bella Vista, Stephen Edwards of Marianna, Jeffery Teague of El Dorado, John Allison of Conway, and Jim Hinkle of Conway.