Dadburn it. A Fayetteville tipster told me this morning that former Sen. Jon Fitch would be appointed soon by Gov. Mike Beebe to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission. I passed up the item, distracted by other things. Now Beebe has announced same. Release on jump. Same tipster mentioned he'd heard Don Nelms, the Fayetteville car dealer who's working on the Beebe transition and with the legislature, might be headed to a Forestry Commission slot.
Biggest speculation in NWA concerns a coming opening on the UA Board of Trustees.
BEEBE NEWS RELEASE
Governor Mike Beebe today named Jon Fitch of Hindsville as the new director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission.
“Jon Fitch has dedicated his professional life to two causes: agriculture and public service,” Beebe said. “He has the experience in both the halls of state government and the fields of his family farm to serve our state and this department well.”
Fitch, 56, was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1979. He remained there until his election to the Arkansas Senate in 1985, where he served until 2002. For 18 years, Fitch was a member of the Agriculture and Economic Development Committee and handled numerous bills concerning livestock and poultry while in the legislature. He currently operates a farm and cattle operation in Madison County near Hindsville.
The Arkansas Legislature established the Livestock and Poultry Commission in 1963. The first man appointed to lead that department was Rolla Fitch, Jon Fitch’s father.