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Another departure from Gov. Hutchinson's staff

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 4:01 PM

click to enlarge KELLY EICHLER
Another member of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's senior staff is heading for the exit. Kelly Eichler, senior advisor for criminal justice (and a Hutchinson appointee to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees) has given notice she'll be leaving in she'll be leaving shortly.

The governor's spokesman said she wanted to devote more time to her duties as a UA trustee.

Also departing is Vu Ritchie,  a senior policy advisor, who's apparently joining the federal government. Said a statement from the governor:
Kelly has been instrumental and a key part of our criminal justice reform efforts over the last two years. She has indicated she wants to devote more time to her University of Arkansas trustee responsibility.

“Vu has been presented with a great opportunity in D.C. He has been an integral part of my staff in our efficiency efforts and has done a tremendous job reviewing rules and regulations from our agencies.

“I wish them both the best of luck, and they will be missed.”
Hutchinson, who's been in office since January 2015, has seen quite a bit of turnover in the office. His first chief of staff, Michael Lamoureux, departed for Washington lobbying. Other departures, generaly for other state or lobby jobs, have included Jon Gilmore, deputy chief of staff; Marjorie Greenberg, fiscal office; Rett Hatcher, legislative director; senior advisor Betty Guhman; director of scheduling Kyndall Rogers, and David Bell, fiscal officer. All the departures followed Allison Williams' succession to Lamoureux's office.

Interesting the lack of drama in executive staff departures in Arkansas compared with, say, that place on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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