by Max Brantley
Governor-Elect Mike Beebe today announced three more selections to lead state agencies and departments.
Beebe announced his selection of Terry Bolton, director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards; Larry Norris, director of the Arkansas Department of Correction; and John Selig, director of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services to continue their roles leading their respective departments and agencies.
“We are putting together a good team. We’ll be able to accomplish a great deal to move our state forward during the coming administration,” Beebe said. “These are good people who already have first-hand experience at what they do. With the legislative session just around the corner, their experience and talent will help give the new administration a strong start.”
More information on Bolton, Norris and Selig follows.
Terry Bolton was appointed director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training August, 1995. Bolton is a current member of Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police and formerly served as sheriff for Columbia County. He is a past-president of the Arkansas Sheriffs Association.
The mission of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training is to encourage increasing the professional competency of law enforcement officers in the State of Arkansas by providing standards for employment and training; by providing, sponsoring, or conducting training; by conducting or stimulating studies and research designed to improve the administration of law enforcement; and by implementing the commission's regulations.
Larry Norris was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Correction December, 1993. Norris currently serves on the executive board for the Association of State Correctional Administrators which named him the 2006 winner of the Michael Francke Award. Norris began his correctional career as a phlebotomist at the Cummins Unit. While working full time, he earned both his bachelors and masters degrees. His roles within the department over the years included infirmary administrator and assistant warden at Cummins, warden at the Maximum Security Unit at Tucker, and assistant director and director. Today, Norris is the second longest tenured director of a department of corrections in the country.
The mission of the Arkansas Department of Correction is to be an elite correctional organization dedicated to public safety through ethical, innovative and professional leadership at all levels delivering superior services to the citizens of Arkansas.
John Selig was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services July, 2005. Selig previously served as Director of the Division of Mental Health Services for three years after he managed the Arkansas Health Department’s home health and personal care programs, served on the staff of U.S. Senator David Pryor and spent two years in the Peace Corps as a teacher in West Africa. He has served on the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Arkansas Health Services Permit Commission. Selig is a graduate of Stanford University and received a Masters in Public Administration from Princeton University.
The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services is the state’s largest agency, with a budget of over $4 Billion and providing services to more than 1.3 million Arkansans each year. Department programs include Medicaid, Child Welfare, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, Aging and Adult Services, Juvenile Justice, Early Childhood Education and all facets of Public Health Protection, Improvement and Preparedness. The agency’s staff oversees the regulation of nursing home and childcare facilities. The agency is also responsible for finding adoptive families for foster children, protecting abused and neglected children, funding the home-delivery of meals for the elderly and operating the juvenile justice system. It oversees services to blind Arkansans and helps develop volunteer programs. The department also protects elderly Arkansans from abuse and neglect and operates human development centers across the state, which serve the developmentally disabled. The Department of Health and Human Services also provides mental health services to nearly 60,000 people each year through its system of community mental health care centers.