Beebe: Working quickly to pick new Ark. treasurer

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said he hopes to name a replacement in the next several days for the state treasurer, who resigned over accusations she took cash bribes from a bond broker.

Beebe told reporters Wednesday he's already talked with some candidates to fill the unexpired term of Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned on Tuesday. Shoffner, a Democrat, stepped down amid federal charges that she accepted at least $36,000 in cash in exchange for steering state business to a bond broker.

The governor would not say who he's considering for the post.

Beebe said he wants to find someone "relatively apolitical" who has a firm understanding of fiscal matters and the way the treasurer's office is run. Whoever Beebe appoints to the post can't run for it next year.

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