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Monday, November 13, 2006

A Huckabite gone

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2006 at 11:58 AM

As our readers had predicted, Bruce Campbell, director of the Department of Rural Services, has hit the door to make way for a Beebe appointee. News release on the jump.


Bruce Campbell, Director of the Arkansas Department of Rural Services since 1999, has tendered his resignation effective January 9th, 2007. DRS was established in 1991 under the name Office of Rural Advocacy to serve as a single point of contact for all organizations and individuals with a desire to enhance the quality of life for our rural citizens. Working under the guidance of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission (ARDC), DRS assists rural Arkansans through in house grant programs, funding opportunity research, information sharing and educational opportunities through regional forums and the annual Arkansas Rural Development Conference. Mr. Campbell’s resignation letter is below.



November 9, 2006



Hon. Mike Huckabee

Governor of Arkansas

State Capitol

Little Rock, AR  72201



Dear Governor,


I am writing to inform you of my official resignation as Director of the Department of Rural Services at the close of business on January 9th, 2007.  I feel that this is the right thing to do and will allow time for the new Governor to select his director prior to the legislative session.  I have also instructed my staff to cooperate in any way possible with Governor- elect Beebe’s transition team. 


The past seven plus years in this position have been the most gratifying of my professional life and I truly thank you for this opportunity.  My staff is the best in the state.  The members of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission have been wonderful teammates in an extraordinary effort to enhance the lives of Rural Arkansans.  I also thank you for allowing me the chance to get to know and work with so many rural firefighters, rural community volunteers, mayors, and county judges from across the state.  I also cherish the deep personal friendships I have made these past years with a great group of Legislators. 


Thank you again, sir, for all the opportunities you have given me. 


Respectfully Submitted.

Your Friend,



Bruce W. Campbell

Director, Department of Rural Services


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