A man from the River Valley has been appointed the next commissioner for the Arkansas State Highway Commission.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Keith Gibson will be the next commissioner of the Highway Commission.
Hutchinson made the announcement Wednesday at the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to a news release issued by the governor’s office.
Gibson will replace Dick Trammel, whose term expires on Jan. 14. Highway commissioners are appointed to 10-year terms, according to the news release.
“I have known Keith for many years, and I have been impressed with his understanding of Arkansas’s economy and his passion to continue developing it,” Hutchinson said. “These are essential qualities for a state highway commissioner, which is why I am confident that Keith will do an excellent job in this new role.”
Hutchinson went on to say that infrastructure is a critical component of the state’s economic growth.
“Keith’s legal background, his experience in public service, and his insight into business development will be a welcome addition to this Commission,” Hutchinson said.
Gibson is president and chairman of the board of Pinnacle Communications and Pinnacle Telecom in Fort Smith. Gibson has also been president of both the Arkansas Telephone Association and the Oklahoma Telephone Association.
Gibson said Hutchinson has previously expressed the need for Fort Smith and the River Valley to have a representative on the Highway Commission
“This appointment affirms his commitment to our area,” Gibson said. “I would like to thank Governor Hutchinson for the faith and confidence he has shown in me today. I look forward to listening, learning, and working hard with my fellow commissioners to accomplish the goals we all have for our great state of Arkansas.”
Gibson’s professional history also includes being an organizing member, stockholder and board member of Benefit Bank in Fort Smith. He has served on boards of various civic, charitable and political organizations. He was appointed to serve as justice of the peace for Sebastian County from 1999-2000 and to the Criminal Detention Review Committee from 2006-2008.
Gibson graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in public administration and a Master’s degree in business administration. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1983.
Gibson and his wife Jill live in Fort Smith.