LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday appointed Mary Robin Casteel, a staff attorney for the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, as interim director of the commission until a replacement is found for Bud Roberts, who submitted a letter of resignation Thursday.
According to the governor’s office, Casteel was planning to resign and enter private practice, but at the request of the governor she has agreed to serve as interim director.
“I have a great deal of respect for Mary Robin, and am confident that her knowledge and leadership will serve the agency well during this time of transition,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “The ABC serves an important role for the state, and I am glad she has agreed to help out and lead the organization as interim director.”
Casteel, 38, joined ABC in 2013. The ABC regulates the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in Arkansas and currently oversees more than 5,000 permit holders in the state.
The agency also is taking on a new role this year as regulator of medical-marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana by people with certain medical conditions.
Hutchinson appointed Roberts as ABC director in February 2015.
Another ABC staff attorney, Milton Lueken, submitted a letter of resignation Monday.