LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday named Ken Reeves of Harrison to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Reeves, 65, is a vice president and general counsel for FedEx Freight in Harrison. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
A fisherman on Bull Shoals Lake since childhood, Reeves is also an avid hunter of turkey, duck, deer, squirrel and quail, according to the governor’s office.
Reeves is a veteran of the Arkansas Army National Guard and has been a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
When announcing the appointment, Beebe praised Reeves and noted that they met while attending law school at the University of Arkansas. The appointment was announced during a news conference at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center in downtown Little Rock.
"Ken grew up hunting and fishing in the natural beauty of North Arkansas and has experienced our entire state’s outdoor destinations that need to be both enjoyed and conserved," Beebe said. "His lifetime of legal experience will also serve him well as matters come before the commission requiring thoughtful and objective review."
Reeves told reporters later that he is looking forward to his term on the commission and that he supports efforts to improve all outdoor activities, not just those involving hunting and fishing. .
"I just want to do the best job I can do and I want to see the confidence in the people restored," he said, adding that the commissions needs "to operate in a very open and transparent way."
In 2010 the commission drew criticism from the governor and other elected officials after it proposed a policy that would supersede the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by shielding sensative information from public scrutiny.
The proposal was ultimatelly dropped by the commission.
In January, Rick Watkins resigned from the commission after he was arrested in Lonoke County and charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Reeves’ term will expire July 1, 2020. He replaces Ronald Pierce of Mountain Home.