by Max Brantley
Col. Steve Dozier, director of the State Police, is leaving the state to take a V.P. for corporate security job at Wal-Mart. Another former State Police director, Tom Mars, already hangs his hat there as corporate counsel.
No replacement named yet. Gov. Mike Beebe's news release (on the jump) is meant to indicate he's sorry to see Dozier go. But, this is a golden opportunity.
MIKE BEEBE NEWS RELEASE
Governor Mike Beebe announced today that Colonel Steve Dozier, Director of the Arkansas State Police, will resign his position with ASP to become Vice President of Corporate Services at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Dozier was appointed Director of the Arkansas State Police in June 2004, and was asked by Governor Beebe to continue as Director under the new administration.
"Colonel Dozier has dedicated more than 25 years to serving Arkansas and has always taken the protection of our citizens to heart," Beebe said. "He was one of the first agency directors I decided to keep on board from the previous administration. Steve’s leadership and wise counsel will be missed and I hate to see him go. We are now working to ensure a smooth transition for our state police under a new director or interim director."
Dozier’s resignation will be effective May 31.
"In recent years, I’ve considered the possibility of a second career with Wal-Mart following my retirement from the department," said Dozier. "I just never expected the opportunity for such a position to come to me so soon."