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Beebe Taps New Top Cop

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Col. J.R. Howard of Searcy, a former U.S. marshal and past head of the state Crime Lab, was named Monday as director of the Arkansas State Police.

Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Howard to replace Col. Winford Phillips, who retired last week. The new director was sworn in at state police headquarters Monday by Arkansas State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah.

 The governor said HowaThe governor said Howard was his first choice for the job and he praised him for his experience.



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