Denny Altes resigns as state drug czar

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Former legislator Denny Altes of Fort Smith, appointed state drug prevention director by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in May 2015, resigned today effective July 1. The state website lists his pay at $73,000, a figure on which retirement for his accumulated time in state employment will be based. Altes is 69. At this moment, I have no information for the reason for his departure. As we noted at the time, Altes wasn't a sterling example of Hutchinson appointments, with a legislative record in House and Senate mostly in support of far-right items — open carry, teaching Bible in public schools,...

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