Marcus Devine tapped to lead Youth Services | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Marcus Devine tapped to lead Youth Services

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 3:42 PM

click to enlarge EXPERIENCED: Marcus Devine.
  • EXPERIENCED: Marcus Devine.
Marcus Devine, who's served previously as a deputy director of the Department of Human Services, has been named director of the Division of Youth Services.

DHS Director John Selig said Devine was uniquely qualified through management skills and knowledge of DHS and the legislative process.

You might recall that Youth Services' last director was Tracy Steele, who left amid damaging reports about the division's oversight of youth treatment in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. It didn't keep Steele from snaring a Hutchinson administration job as the $100,000-plus head of the Health Services Permit Agency. Steele had endorsed Hutchinson, one of a handful of blacks who voted for the Republican governor.

Devine, who is also black, enjoyed his past state employment thanks to Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee. He was a regulatory liaison, then DHS deputy director and then director of the Department of Environmental Quality.

Selig didn't mention some other headlines from Devine's career in management and regulatory work.

He was blasted by Dr. Carl Johnson, a Huckabee political appointee himself, for how Devine landed the political plum of being minority concessionaire at the Little Rock National Airport despite his lack of qualifications. He noted Devine had tried to get work at the Highway Department but didn't have the proper credentials to qualify as a minority contractor.

After leaving ADEQ, he ran an oilfield waste disposal company — poorly at times. He got in trouble for dumping fracking sludge improperly. It wasn't the first time.

That still isn't all. There was the time he got a city contract for demolition work without passage first of an ordinance permitting him to do business — as a sitting Planning commissioner — with the city.

And there's still more. Such as this article that alleged, while a regulatory liaison for Huckabee, he participated in a pressure campaign to make Workers Compensation Commission decisions more business friendly.

Experienced? No doubt about it. Go to the Pulaski clerk's lookup page and plug his name into the court record search. 

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Baseball fans have a new place to stay

    If you missed out on Razorback baseball home games this year because you couldn’t find a great place to stay, your problem is now solved: Staybridge Suites of Fayetteville is now fully renovated and located directly across from Baum Stadium, with free parking for hotel guests.
    • May 22, 2017
  • Saturday's open line

    Got any thoughts? Put them here.
    • May 21, 2016

Most Shared

  • Guest Playlist: Flap Jones of "Not Necessarily Nashville" schools us on real country music

    "Not Necessarily Nashville," which airs on KUAR-FM 89.1 every Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., celebrates three decades of the "best of the rest of country music" Saturday, October 21 at the White Water Tavern with Brad Williams of The Salty Dogs & The Creek Rocks, and we asked host Flap Jones to curate a playlist for us ahead of that anniversary celebration.
  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Most Viewed

  • Hog football: The lawyers take over

    If you believe social media, it's all over but the post-season buyout for Razorback football coach Bret Bielema. That means, in turn, that the issue of what the coach's contract buyout is worth is not just an academic question.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation