Philip Blankenship of Booneville has been appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.
Blankenship, who owns a Cetera Investments franchise in Booneville, replaces Roger Carter on the commission. His appointment expires June 30, 2023.
The commission reviews complaints about judges and recommends any action that may be necessary.
“If a judge does something wrong it is brought before the commission and the commission decides what the punishment should be for the judge,” said Blankenship.
The commission meets once every other month, or as needed. Blankenship attended his first meeting as a commissioner In Little Rock on Friday.
The nine member commission consists of three judges, three attorney and three members of the public at large, which is one of the appointments Blankenship holds.
He said last week he was surprised to be invited to serve and that he was recommended by a friend who formerly worked in the governor’s office.
“It’s kind of exciting in a way,” said Blankenship. “What we recommend as an action goes before the Supreme Court and they’re kind of really the end all.”