Attorney General Reaches Almost 90,000 Arkansans in First Four Years
December 28, 2018
Says, ‘I have made it a priority to increase the accessibility of the office’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is closing out her first term as the state’s chief legal officer with the announcement she has reached almost 90,000 Arkansans in person since taking office in January 2015, including over 21,000 in 2018.
“As Attorney General, I have made it a priority to increase the accessibility of the office through roundtable meetings, mobile office hours and educational programs for everyone age 9 to 90,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Each year I personally host a meeting in each of our 75 counties to hear directly from Arkansans in their hometowns about issues they are facing and discussing real solutions, and in 2015, I began holding office hours in every county yearly to allow consumers to have face-to-face conversations to file complaints, receive information to avoid scams and dispose of unneeded prescription medications. Too many in our State are not aware of the scope of this office and services provided, and I want to do the fighting for them when they need help.”
Rutledge had hosted 306 roundtable meetings and 313 mobile offices to meet face-to-face with thousands of Arkansans. In 2016, Rutledge began partnering with local law enforcement to collect unused and expired prescription medications at mobile offices.
Rutledge also hosts numerous outreach and training events, including the annual Law Enforcement Summit, Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit and the Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event to recognize Arkansas’s missing persons. In addition to annual events, the Attorney General’s Office increased outreach efforts by hosting webcasts on topics including avoiding common scams, the Freedom of Information Act and teen dating violence prevention. During her first four-year term, Rutledge hosted 68 large training events and the Attorney General’s staff has presented to 1,291 groups.