Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Prosecuting Attorney Appointments

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to appoint the following prosecuting attorneys:

Charles E. Black, Texarkana, as Prosecuting Attorney of the Eighth Judicial District-South. Term begins January 1, 2021, and expires December 31, 2022. Replaces Stephanie Potter Barrett.

“Charles Black has years of prosecutorial experience and has served the Eighth Judicial District-South for the last five years,” Governor Hutchinson said. “He is a seasoned prosecutor, and I am pleased he will continue his service to the Eighth Judicial District-South as Prosecuting Attorney.”

Charles E. Black issued the following statement:

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Governor for his consideration and appointment. Having been the Chief Deputy Prosecutor for many years, I anticipate a smooth transition next year.”

Erin Hunter, De Queen, as Prosecuting Attorney of the Ninth Judicial District-West. Term begins January 1, 2021, and expires December 31, 2022. Replaces Bryan Chesshir.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Erin Hunter as Prosecuting Attorney of the Ninth Judicial District-West,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Having served in various prosecutorial roles such as De Queen City Attorney, Drug Court Prosecuting Attorney, and most recently, as Sevier County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Ms. Hunter is highly qualified to serve in this role.”

Erin Hunter released the following statement:
“I would like to thank Governor Hutchinson so much for this opportunity. I am sincerely grateful. I look forward to continuing to fulfill the duties of the Prosecutor’s office that Bryan Chesshir faithfully executed during his terms as elected prosecutor.” 

Jason Barrett, Maumelle, as Prosecuting Attorney of the Eighteenth Judicial District-West. Term begins January 1, 2021, and expires December 31, 2022. Replaces Andy Riner.

“Jason Barrett will bring years of experience in private practice and various deputy prosecuting attorney roles to the Eighteenth Judicial District-West as Prosecuting Attorney,” Governor Hutchinson said. “I appreciate Mr. Barrett’s willingness to serve.”

Jason Barrett released the following statement:

“I am honored and grateful that Governor Hutchinson has chosen me to serve as the Prosecuting Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District-West. I look forward to serving the people of Montgomery and Polk Counties and am excited to again have the opportunity to work with some of the finest law enforcement officers in our state. Together we will continue the job of making our communities the safest and best places to live in Arkansas.”

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