As we told you last night, Teresa Marks has been named by Gov. Mike Beebe to head the Department of Environmental Quality. May the agency's title actually have meaning in the new administration, though we confess nervousness on the chicken poop end of the business.
What's more, a tip of the hat to John Brummett for first word on a appointment that we later mentioned as well -- North Little Rock City Attorney Paul Suskie to the Public Service Commission. (For readers who asked: Talk Business notes that Beebe designated Suskie as chairman.)
I'm happy for Paul Suskie. But I hope this doesn't take some starch out of reported tough questions arising in his office about Mayor Pat Hays' desire to give away the school tax ranch to any private developer that comes to town -- Bruce Burrow, etc.
News release on the jump.
GOV. BEEBE NEWS RELEASE
Governor Mike Beebe today named Teresa Marks of Little Rock as director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Paul Suskie of North Little Rock to the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
Marks, 49, has spent the past four years as the Deputy Attorney General for Public Protection in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. In 2003, she helped negotiate an agreement between Arkansas, Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce phosphorus levels in waterways in and around Northwest Arkansas cities. Marks also served four years heading the Attorney General’s Antitrust Division. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, Marks returned to UALR in 1990 to supervise the Bowen School of Law’s Legal Clinic, which represents indigent clients.
Suskie, 35, has served as the North Little Rock City Attorney since 2000. During his tenure, Suskie developed a program that fights criminal nuisance by utilizing civil laws, the first program of its kind in Arkansas. He also successfully fought to prohibit individuals from using bankruptcy proceedings to avoid paying criminal fines. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and the UALR Bowen School of Law, Suskie is a past president of the Arkansas City Attorneys Association. A Major in the Arkansas Army National Guard’s Jag Corp, Suskie served a tour in Afghanistan in 2005, earning the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other awards.