Gov. Asa Hutchinson today named Jake Bleed to succeed Duncan Baird as state budget director.


Bleed, a lawyer and former Democrat-Gazette editorialist, has been director of fiscal and agency operations in the governor’s office since July 2017 and headed communications at the Department of Finance and Administration previously. Baird, a former legislator, is going to work Monday as head of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System.