Gov. Asa Hutchinson is making five appointments for prosecuting attorney positions.
He intends to appoint Charles E. Black of Texarkana, Erin Hunter of De Queen, and Jason Barrett of Maumelle to district prosecuting attorney roles. Hutchinson also has lined up two appointments in Northeast Arkansas: Judge Keith Chrestman of Jonesboro and Ryan Cooper of Imoden.
Black will be appointed to serve as the prosecuting attorney for the Eighth Judicial District-South, starting Jan. 1, 2021. His term would expire on Dec. 31, 2022. Black would replace Stephanie Potter Barrett as prosecuting attorney.
Hutchinson plans to appoint Hunter to be the prosecuting attorney of the Ninth Judicial District-West for a term that would last from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022. Hunter would replace Bryan Chesshir in the role.
The third appointment will be Jason Barrett to serve as the prosecuting attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District-West. He would serve from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2020, replacing Andy Riner.
Chrestman is expected to be appointed as prosecuting attorney for the Second Judicial District, replacing Scott Ellington. Cooper will be appointed as prosecuting attorney for the Third Judicial District, replacing Henry Boyce.
All of the prosecuting attorney appointments’ terms will run from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022.