Friday, May 24, 2013

Beebe to announce treasurer pick Wednesday

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

When I went to Conway this morning to film a segment of "Arkansas Week," I asked Matt DeCample of the governor's office whether a decision was coming today on Gov. Mike Beebe's appointment of someone to serve out Martha Shoffner's term as treasurer.

He said:

The governor has made his decision, but due to the procedural work needed for the appointment, and to accommodate the appointee’s schedule, we’re going to announce it on Wednesday.

Conway banker Bunny Adcock, Holly Grove lawyer Raymond Abramson and former Association of Arkansas Counties Executive Director Eddie Jones have been mentioned, although all told the Democrat-Gazette yesterday they had not talked to the governor or anyone in his office.

Off topic: But I made a whopper of a mistake on Arkansas Week this morning. In talking about the University of Arkansas's politically motivated decision to trim back tuition increase requests, I said they'd sent a conflicting message about austerity by giving UA President Donald Bobbitt a whopping pay raise. He'll move from $355,000 to $427,500 on July 1, an increase of $72,500. That's a 20 percent pay raise, which I somehow turned into a $200,000 pay raise. Sorry about that.

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