LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former state Sen. Randy Laverty has been named the commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
Laverty served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 and in the Senate from 2003 until this year. He is a Democrat from Jasper.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services aims to provide opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities and is a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education. Laverty will take over as commissioner on Feb. 3. He replaces Randy Parker, who came out of retirement to serve as interim commissioner.
Arkansas Department of Career Education Director Bill Walker says he’s "delighted" that Laverty will serve as commissioner. Walker says Laverty’s experience in the Legislature will help the agency enhance the services provided to Arkansans with disabilities.