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Sarah Huckabee Sanders taps federal prosecutor to be Arkansas’ inspector general

By: - January 6, 2023 1:43 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that she plans to appoint Allison Bragg, an assistant U.S. attorney in Little Rock, to be the chief state government watchdog.

Bragg, who serves as the spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, is Sanders’ pick for secretary of the Arkansas Department of Inspector General.

Allison Bragg
Allison Bragg
(From @sarahhuckabee Twitter feed)

The department houses the Office of Internal Audit, the Fair Housing Commission, Medicaid Inspector General and Tax Appeals Commission. The agency’s purpose is to serve as a watchdog over the executive branch of government.

“Allison Bragg shares my vision to promote efficiency by tackling waste, fraud, and abuse at every level of government, making her the ideal choice to be the next Inspector General for our state,” Sanders said. “She is a respected federal prosecutor, a lifelong Arkansan, and brings a proven record of success and leadership to the talented team I have assembled. I look forward to working together to ensure that our government operates with integrity and accountability.”

Bragg will replace Secretary Elizabeth Smith.

Bragg, a Lee County native, has worked for 10 years as a federal prosecutor, and is currently the Little Rock U.S. Attorney’s white collar coordinator and public information officer.

“I am honored to be joining the Sanders Administration as Inspector General,” Bragg said. “Governor-elect Sanders has the right, bold vision to take Arkansas to the next level, and together we will work to ensure that we accomplish it with effectiveness, integrity, and honor.”

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Hunter Field
Hunter Field

Hunter Field is a veteran Arkansas journalist whose reporting on the state has carried him from military air strips in northwest Arkansas to soybean fields in the Arkansas delta. He spent the better part of the last decade investigating and reporting on Arkansas government and politics. For three years, he covered education policy, medical marijuana and the Arkansas General Assembly as part of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Capitol Bureau. Most recently, he was the Democrat-Gazette's projects editor, leading the newspaper's investigative team. Hunter got his start in journalism covering sports for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. A Memphis native, he enjoys smoking barbecue, kayaking and fishing in his free time.