- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced that state Rep. Allen Kerr will be the new state Insurance Commissioner and Sheila Sharp will remain as director of the Department of Community Correction.

Hutchinson cited Kerr’s experience in the Legislature and knowledge of the insurance industry. He said Kerr will bring a “fresh look” to the department.

Kerr will replace current Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford.

Hutchinson also praised Sharp for her work as director of community correction. Sharp has more than 15 years of experience in the state prison system and has been director of the Department of Community Correction since August 2013.

Hutchinson was elected governor in November and will take office in January.

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