STATEMENT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued the following statement today upon the announcement of the departure of Chief of Staff Blake Rutherford:
"Blake's energy and professionalism brought my administration unprecedented levels of success. I will be forever grateful for the thoughtful leadership he brought to the table directing our legislative agenda through two general sessions and one fiscal session. Blake earned trust and respect from legislators on both sides of the aisle and among our clients throughout state government.
"I relied on him as chief of staff to make our communications and public outreach efforts second to none. He skillfully handled many of the most important issues that have faced our office, including negotiating a landmark agreement on the Illinois River watershed and launching our first-ever Cyber Crimes Division.
"Blake is a great personal friend and a class act. I hate to see him leave, but I know he moves on to an exciting, new challenge in the private sector. Our loss is The McLarty Companies' gain."
McDaniel said a new chief of staff has already been selected, and he will announce the selection soon.
Rutherford is a Little Rock native and graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. He has been the Attorney General's chief of staff since September 2010.