Arkansas Executive Director of Natural Resources Commission
The current executive director is J. Randy Young, who has served in the role since May 30, 1985. The executive director serves at the pleasure of the governor, thus Young is not subject to reappointment.
Young has spent his entire career at the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. Before becoming executive director, Young was a deputy director and chief engineer. He has also worked for the commission as a water resources engineer. Young was president of the National Association of State Conservation Agencies from 1999 to 2000, and has served as chairman and secretary-treasurer of the Interstate Council on Water Policy. He also serves on the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact, Arkansas Pollution Control & Ecology and Arkansas Water Well Construction Commissions. Young holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
The office of executive director is authorized by Arkansas statute.
Arkansas Code, Title 15, Chapter 20, Section 205
|(a) The Executive Director of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
(b) The executive director shall be charged with the duty of administering the provisions of this subchapter and the rules, regulations, and orders established thereunder.
The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements -- being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas, at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.
Other requirements to complete a voter registration form -- essentially, qualifications to be an elector -- are given by Amendment 59, Section 6 of the constitution.
Incumbents may not hold any other state, federal, or civil office, and may not have ever been convicted of "embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime."
No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.
No person hereafter convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery or other infamous crime, shall be eligible to the General Assembly or capable of holding any office of trust or profit in this State.
Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 51, Section 6
(6) The mail voter registration application form shall include the following questions along with
boxes for the applicant to check "yes" or "no" in response:
Constitution of Arkansas, Article 51, Section 6
(a) The Executive Director of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
There are no term limits associated with the office of executive director.
State law does not establish any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies.
The executive director is the administrative head of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, which is charged with managing the state's water resources and a variety of water conservation programs. The commission's conservation division distributes a number of grants and tax incentives to reduce use of ground water, licenses nutrient managers that supervise the composition of poultry feed and commercial fertilizer, and controls the state's beaver population.
The executive director also oversees a variety of initiatives to make use of the state's groundwater more efficient, including improving sewers and waste management systems, financing upgrades to public drinking water and several other loan and grant programs.
- Water Development
- Water Management
In 2010, the director received compensation in the amount of $101,579. As the director is not a part of the state's executive department, his or her salary is determined by the state's Office of Personnel and Management. The OPM has classified the director under class code "U101U" for the purposes of determining compensation.
101 East Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, RA 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1611
Fax: (501) 682-3991
State of Arkansas
Little Rock (capital)
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