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    Beebe: Working quickly to pick new Ark. treasurer

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    Gov. Mike Beebe

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said he hopes to name a replacement in the next several days for the state treasurer, who resigned over accusations she took cash bribes from a bond broker.

    'It may sound like an oxymoron, but we're going to proceed with deliberate speed," said Governor Beebe.

    Beebe told reporters Wednesday he's already talked with some candidates to fill the unexpired term of Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned on Tuesday. Shoffner, a Democrat, stepped down amid federal charges that she accepted at least $36,000 in cash in exchange for steering state business to a bond broker.

    "We want to make sure we put the right person there. Somebody with integrity. Somebody's that got a reputation that's such that people have confidence," said Governor Beebe.

    The governor would not say who he is considering for the post.

    "I have a list and I have a list of some very good people," said the governor.

    Beebe said he wants to find someone "relatively apolitical" who has a firm understanding of fiscal matters and the way the treasurer's office is run. Whoever Beebe appoints to the post can't run for it next year.

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