Following an appointment by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Luke Ferguson of Greenbrier was sworn in Wednesday as 20th Judicial District prosecuting attorney.

Ferguson will finish out former Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland’s term, which expires at the end of 2018.

Hiland stepped down from his position after named; Unites States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. President Donald Trump nominated Hiland for the position June 29 and the U.S. Senate confirmed him Sept. 28.

"It’s an honor for me to have been appointed by Gov. Hutchinson, especially because I’m completing Cody’s term," Ferguson said after being sworn into office Wednesday. "Cody is a good friend and mentor to me. It’s very special to finish out his term."

Ferguson previously served the 20th Judicial District as a deputy prosecutor under Hiland before serving the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

"It’s a big honor and I’ve very excited about it," he said of his upcoming responsibilities as prosecuting attorney.

Circuit Judge Troy B. Braswell Jr. swore Ferguson into office at the Faulkner County Justice Building just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

His responsibilities kick off immediately.

Hiland said he respects Ferguson, noting he was a trustworthy individual to take over as prosecuting attorney.

"This office means a lot to us," he said Wednesday. "To have someone come in that we can trust, make the right decisions and has the right heart is incredibly important to us."

Hiland also said Ferguson has proven to be committed to the community.