LITTLE ROCK — Kimberely Lindsey O’Guin, a 16-year veteran of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, has been appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to a six-year term on the Arkansas Public Service Commission, where she will replace outgoing Commissioner Lamar Davis.


Hutchinson praised O’Guin, a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, who has a BS in environmental engineering from the University of Oklahoma, where she was designated the NASA Space Grant Consortium/NASA EPSCoR fellow. After working three years with NASA, O’Guin worked as an environmental engineer at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality prior to returning to Arkansas and going to work for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, where she has worked for the past 16 years.


“I got to know Kim as a result of bringing Sun Paper into Arkansas and she has been instrumental working from an environmental standpoint with Sun Paper,“ Hutchinson said. “That is what brought her into contact with my office and I’ve seen her extraordinary work.”


Hutchinson said O’Guin will fill the remainder of Davis’ six-year term, which expires Dec. 31, and will then begin serving a full term on the commission.


O’Guin’s son, her father, and her sisters attended the announcement.