As expected, Donald Trump has nominated Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland
of Conway to be U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He must be confirmed by the Senate.
Hiland's name was among nine U.S. attorney nominees put forward by Trump today
, a second
wave of appointments. He was known to be under consideration after FBI background checks began and meetings with U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton
and John Boozman, both Republicans. Most of the 93 U.S. attorneys were fired or resigned after Trump took office. Career prosecutors are serving as interim leaders in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, where former Democratic Rep. Chris Thyer and Conner Eldridge had served respectively in the Obama administration.
Prosecutors run now as non-partisans, but Hiland, who lost a judicial race last year, is a Republican regular. His prosecutor position covers Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.
He's been a lawyer in private practice, a staff attorney at the Public Service Commission and former program director for the Arkansas Transitional Employment Board. He was a staff aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee and is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas the UALR Law School.