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Gov.-elect Mike Beebe has announced four existing state agency heads have made the cut so far for his administration -- Richard Weiss at DFA, Ken James at Education, Artee Willliams at Workforce Services and State Police Director Steve Dozier.

News release is on the jump.


Governor-Elect Mike Beebe announced four appointments to lead state departments and agencies, today.

Beebe selected Department of Finance and Administration Director Richard Weiss, Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Ken James, Arkansas State Police Director Colonel Steve Dozier and Department of Workforce Services Director Artee Williams to continue their service to the state with their respective agencies.


“These people have the leadership and expert knowledge we need to help move our state forward.  They will be an important part of the team,” Beebe said.  “As major department and agency heads, they’ve already set a high standard for the work they do.  By continuing their service, we’ll work together for a positive future for Arkansas.”


In the two weeks since the election, Beebe has been meeting individually with department and agency heads and organizing the transition for the next administration.  He will be meeting with department and agency heads in the weeks to come and will be announcing more department and agency heads in that time.


More information about Weiss, James, Dozier and Williams follows.


Richard Weiss, Director of Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

Weiss served as director of DFA from 1994-1998, again in 1999 and from 2002 to the present.  In that capacity, Weiss serves as the chief fiscal officer of the state, providing leadership and direction to ensure that state agencies operate uniformly and efficiently in their utilization of human and financial resources. 


Ken James, Commissioner of Arkansas Department of Education

Since May, 2004 James has served as head of the Arkansas Department of education.  Prior to that, he served as the Superintendent of Schools in Fayette County Public Schools (Lexington, Kentucky); Little Rock, Arkansas; Van Buren, Arkansas and Batesville, Arkansas. James brings more than three decades of education experience to the job, including work as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, coordinator of planning and assessment and assistant superintendent.


Colonel Steve Dozier, Director of Arkansas State Police

Colonel Dozier is a career ASP officer, having been part of the department since 1980.  He has served as director of the ASP since June, 2004 and had previously served as interim director twice. 


Artee Williams, Director of Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

Williams has served as director of DWS since April, 2004.  The department is responsible for providing workforce services and solutions for employers and job seekers.  It maintains a statewide network of 31 full service offices, which provide workforce services including, job placement, unemployment insurance, dislocated worker services, veterans employment services and welfare to work job training and job placement assistance.  The department also administers Workforce Investment Act training funds and the Temporary Assistance for needy Families Block Grant. Williams was previously Deputy Director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

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