October 11, 2017: Marty Sullivan was appointed as the permanent Director of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts on Monday, October 9, 2017. Sullivan was most recently the Acting Director of the office since March, 2017. Sullivan has worked for the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts since 2003. In the new post, Sullivan succeeds J. D. Gingerich. Gingerich announced his retirement in February, 107, about a month after Arkansas Chief Justice Dan Kemp took office, in order to lead a newly-created partnership between the National Center for State Courts and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's W.H. Bowen School of Law. The Director of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts oversees the administrative aspects of the judicial branch of the Arkansas state government. Kemp said the court had yet to establish Sullivan's new salary as Director. Gingerich, who was appointed as Director in 1988, made $114,866 a year, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette database of public employee salaries. State law requires that the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts be nominated by the Chief Justice and approved by the state government’s Supreme Court and Judicial Council. The Director works at the pleasure of the State Supreme Court. Sullivan previously worked as the office's Judicial Branch Education Division Director, and he was a fellow at the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management, according to a news release from Kemp. Sullivan is a lifelong Little Rock resident, according to the release, and he has degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Michigan State University.