Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has named North Little Rock lawyer William Bird to fill an unexpired term on the state Ethics Commission. He replaces David Cook, who was appointed shortly before Lt. Gov. Bill Halter left office in January. Cook resigned because he took a public job, in the Osceola school district.
Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark A. Darr announces the appointment of William C. Bird III of North Little Rock to serve the remainder of a five-year term on the Arkansas Ethics Commission.
The Commission monitors and enforces compliance with Arkansas’ ethical conduct and disclosure laws by public officials, candidates for public office, lobbyists and committees, and anyone involved with initiatives, referendums and other matters referred to Arkansas voters.
“I believe William’s professionalism and strong work ethic will make him a perfect fit for this Commission,” Darr said.
Since 2005, Bird has been an Associate with Dover Dixon Horne PLLC in Little Rock. He previously worked for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in their Office of Communications. Prior to that, he served as lead public relations counsel at Stone Ward.
Bird earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from Ouachita Baptist University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his Juris Doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. While there, he served as an editor for the UALR Law Review and was honored as a Bowen Scholar.
Bird and his wife, the former Julie Jones of Camden, reside in North Little Rock and are the proud parents of three children, Olivia, Wesley and Everett.
The five members of the Ethics Commission serve five-year staggered terms, as appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Speaker of the House. Bird replaces David R. Cook of Williford. His term expires December 31, 2015.