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Gov. Hutchinson appoints Keith Gibson of Fort Smith to Arkansas Highway Commission

Posted on: Jan 3, 2019 3:30:00 PM


Tina Alvey Dale (

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday (Jan. 2) named businessman and political activist Keith Gibson to the Arkansas Highway Commission. He replaces Dick Trammel of Rogers whose 10-year term expires Jan. 14.

Gibson is president and chairman of the board of Pinnacle Communications and Pinnacle Telecom in Fort Smith. Pinnacle Telecom serves Western and Northwest Arkansas and sections of Eastern Oklahoma and has built a state of the art fiber optic network in those areas, according to the Pinnacle Telecom website. It had $4.292 million in Arkansas revenue in 2017, with just under 5,000 customers, according to an annual report filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission in April 2018.

Gibson also served as a GOP delegate to the Electoral College for Arkansas and as a member of Hutchinson’s campaign finance committee. He served as president of both the Arkansas Telephone Association and the Oklahoma Telephone Association; he was an organizing member, stockholder, and board member of Benefit Bank in Fort Smith; and he has served on boards of various civic, charitable and political organizations. Gibson was appointed to serve as justice of the peace for Sebastian County from 1999-2000 and to the Criminal Detention Review Committee from 2006-2008.

“I have known Keith for many years, and I have been impressed with his understanding of Arkansas’ economy and his passion to continue developing it,” Hutchinson said at the Fort Smith press conference. “These are essential qualities for a state highway commissioner, which is why I am confident that Keith will do an excellent job in this new role.” more

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