Almost three years into his term, Donald Trump has nominated someone to be U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock.

He is Mike Hagar, a member of the State Police who’s served on Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s security detail. A trooper since 1996, he’s currently commander of Troop A in Little Rock. He served with Sherwood police before joining the State Police and is a graduate of UA Little Rock.

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The position is currently vacant. Chip Massanelli, who served during most of the Obama administration, retired last year. Nominations must be confirmed by the Senate.

UPDATE: The delay in Hagar’s nomination was likely due to his status as one of the defendants in an employment discrimination suit against the State Police. A black sergeant has complained his assignments and lower job performance ratings were due to his race. The suit was filed in 2018. Nov. 26, Hagar and other defendants except for the State Police agency, were dismissed as defendants on the plaintiff’s motion.

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