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Supreme Court chooses director of administrative office


Marty Sullivan, who's been interim director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, has been chosen the permanent director, Chief Justice Dan Kemp announced today.

Sullivan has worked in the office since 2003 and as education director since 2007. He's a political science graduate of UA-Little Rock and holds master's degrees from UA-Little Rock and Michigan State, the latter in judicial administration.

A prepared release quoted Kemp as saying "Marty is very knowledgeable of the needs of the courts and has displayed a passion to fulfill the duties of director to maintain a court system that all Arkansans can view with pride."

J.D. Gingerich, long-time director of the office, resigned in February for another job. At the time, there was some speculation about whether the successor would be chosen by Kemp alone or by the full Supreme Court.; This followed a series of reports about internal administrative disputes.

The release today came on Supreme Court letterhead. It quotes Kemp as announcing the Supreme Court had "selected" Sullivan. At the time Sullivan was named as interim, Kemp said he expected a national search for a successor to Gingerich and an appointment by fall. Kemp explained further in response to a question:

"I have followed the procedure set out in Ark. Code Ann. 16-10-102. As Chief Justice, I nominated Marty Sullivan as director of the AOC, subject to the approval of the Judicial Council and of the Supreme Court. I had previously obtained approved of Mr. Sullivan by the Judicial Council. This morning I received the approval of the Supreme Court and announced the appointment late this morning with the press release."

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