President Donald Trump this week nominated Faulkner County’s Cody Hiland for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Hiland currently serves as prosecuting attorney for the 20th Judicial District, which includes Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.
U.S. Republican Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton recommended Hiland fill the position. On Thursday, the president nominated Hiland and eight others across the country to fill U.S. attorney positions.
Before any recommendations are made official, they must pass Senate approval.
Boozman and Cotton each applauded Trump’s decision to nominate Hiland.
"Cody is an excellent choice to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas," Boozman said in a statement Thursday. "He brings years of legal experience to the table and an exceptional track record as a successful prosecutor in north central Arkansas. Sen. Cotton and I will work with our colleagues to get Cody’s nomination confirmed as quickly as possible so he can begin working to make our communities safer."
Cotton said he believes Hiland is the best pick for the position.
"He is well respected both among his colleagues and in the community at large," he said. "He has extensive experience in the law, which he will put to good use for the people of Arkansas."
The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) Eastern District of Arkansas includes five separate divisions that includes 41 counties.
Responsibilities include representing the federal government in criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government and collecting judgments and restitutions for victims and taxpayers while working hand-in-hand with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
If Hiland’s appointment is secured, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will appoint an interim prosecuting attorney to take office until the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, County Attorney David Houge said.
Should a transition in the position be made within four months of the general election, no interim would be appointed.