By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed a former assistant U.S. attorney to replace an east Arkansas circuit judge who died earlier this month.

Hutchinson on Wednesday named Chalk Mitchell to serve the remainder of 1st Judicial Circuit Judge L.T. Simes’ term, which expires at the end of next year. Simes died from complications from leukemia at a Missouri hospital this month.

Mitchell, a 66-year-old native of Helena-West Helena, served 16 years as assistant U.S. attorney in Arkansas and Colorado and two years as a Phillips County district judge. He has served as Helena-West Helena city attorney since 2011, and has also had his own practice and served as a state prosecutor.

Hutchinson praised Mitchell as someone having the “ideal judicial temperament” and says he’s known Mitchell for more than 10 years.

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