In 2019, Stacy Hurst assumed command of the newly formed Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Under the new department, Hust heads up 52 parks, 10 marinas and eight restaurants on more than 54,000 acres with 1,700 full- and part-time workers.
She recently sat down to talk with Natalie Ghidotti on The Ghidotti Podcast about her new role and the challenges that have had to be overcome in recent months.
“I’ve just tried to learn as much as I can from current and former employees, and get really immersed in the work of state parks and tourism,” Hurst said. “My responsibility just in terms of supervision has grown substantially. I’m glad that I’ve had the time that I’ve had within state government to learn about it.”
Listen to the full podcast here.