LITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday named three new state agency heads and appointed five people to state boards, commissions and special judicial positions.

LITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday named three new state agency heads and appointed five people to state boards, commissions and special judicial positions.


Hutchinson named Becky Keogh as director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Lt. Col. Matt Snead as director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs and Edmond Waters as commissioner of the Arkansas Securities Department.


Keogh, currently of Houston, is regulatory and environment manager for BHP Billiton, a global resources company. She previously was a vice president and senior project manager for CH2M HILL, an international environmental and engineering consulting firm.


Keogh served as a commissioner of the Arkansas Geological Commission from 2006-2009 and as deputy director of ADEQ from 1996 to 2006. A graduate of the University of Arkansas in chemical engineering, she will relocate to Little Rock, according to Hutchinson.


Former ADEQ Director Teresa Marks retired in September.


"Becky Keogh understands that we are the Natural State for good reason, and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience from both the regulatory and business perspective," Hutchinson said in a news release. "Her background, knowledge of the issues, and love of this state make her an ideal choice who will bring balance and common-sense leadership to ADEQ."


Snead, of Little Rock, is a 16-year veteran of the Arkansas National Guard and plans to continue his service as a traditional Guardsman. He currently serves as the state public affairs officer for the nearly 10,000 soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard.


Snead previously served for five years as the first legislative liaison for the Guard. He has held a number of command and staff positions, including a deployment to Iraq as a plans officer in 2007. He is a graduate of Henderson State University.


"Lt. Col. Snead’s understanding of the issues facing veterans, in addition to his experience in state government, has prepared him well to lead this critical department," Hutchinson said.


Waters, of Little Rock, is a former vice president of A.G. Edwards & Sons, where he worked for 21 years as branch manager and financial advisor in the Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Destin, Fla., branches. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


"Edmond brings vast experience and knowledge to the job, and his understanding of the issues and background in finance will serve him well in this key post in my administration," Hutchinson said.


Also Tuesday, Hutchinson announced the following appointments:


—Bill Benton, Heber Springs, to the Arkansas State Police Commission. Appointment expires Jan. 14, 2016. Replaces Wallace Fowler.


—Randy Wolfinbarger, Eureka Springs, to the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission. Appointment expires Jan. 14, 2021. Replaces Barbara Harvel.


—Doyle Yates, Springdale, to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2017. Replaces Allen Trammell.


—Chris Gardner, Jonesboro, special associate justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court for the case of Progressive Eldercare Services v. Patsy Krauss.


—Dustin Jones, Jonesboro, special associate justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court for the case of Richard Gawenis v. Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission.