Governor: Ark. commissioner submits resignation

    3:18 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
    Richard Watkins is charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. (Photo: Lonoke County Sheriff's Office)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe says the vice chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has resigned, one week after the official was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

    Beebe says he accepted the resignation Thursday from Rick Watkins, who was arrested last week on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley says Watkins was intoxicated and shooting a pistol in a rural part of the county. Staley says Watkins wasn't shooting at anyone and was cooperative with authorities who were called to the scene.

    The governor says Watkins apologized when turning in his resignation.

    Beebe appointed Watkins to the commission and his term was set to expire in 2014.

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