After more than a decade on the job and also juggling multiple hats. North Little Rock City Attorney Jason Carter announced on Monday he would be retiring.
Still a young man, Carter is also in the Arkansas National Guard where he is an Army Colonel and serves as a Judge Advocate General.
Carter was first appointed to the office he currently holds after then City Attorney Paul Suskie was appointed to the Public Service Commission by Gov. Mike Beebe.
He was also a city attorney for Cabot, and is a native of Pine Bluff.
Carter also headed up the North Little Rock Electric Department and said in his retirement letter, “Over the past several years, I have focused heavily on issues facing our electric
Department. The work has been both challenging and rewarding.”
He added, “the electric utility industry is in a state of unprecedented change. If I am to continue working in this arena, I feel that I must focus my effort at the expense of a broader governmental practice.”
Carter’s retirement will be effective, Friday, Nov. 17.
A retirement party will be held at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13.
Mayor Joe Smith thanked Carter for his service and said, “Jason has served our city with the highest distinction and integrity for the past 10 years. His work ethic is second-to-none, his legal knowledge and counsel has been invaluable, and his successful oversight of our electric department was critical.”
Smith also announced he is going to recommend the appointment of current assistant City Attorney Amy Fields to the position, pending approval by the City Council.
“Fortunately, North Little Rock has an exceptionally qualified successor who is ready to take the helm of our legal department,” Smith said of Fields and he noted that she previously served as Deputy City Attorney of Little Rock for 13 years.
Fields was brought in as an assistant City Attorney after Paula Juels Jones was elected as Judge and created a vacancy in the office.
Carter noted that plans for this change began much earlier this year.
“Preparations for this transition actually began several months ago,” Carter said, “I appreciate the efforts of Mayor Smith and others to make it as smooth as possible.”