LITTLE ROCK — Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Friday that she is appointing Shea Lewis as Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism and Director of State Parks.

Lewis had been serving as interim secretary since June after former secretary Mike Mills stepped away from the administration.

“Shea’s record of strong leadership promoting Arkansas state parks and outdoor recreation uniquely qualifies him to be Secretary of Parks, Heritage and Tourism,” Gov. Sanders said. “I look forward to continuing to work with him to grow Arkansas tourism, elevate our 52 beautiful state parks, and make the Natural State the best place not only to visit, but live, work and raise a family.”

Lewis was selected as the 10th director of Arkansas State Parks in 2022, according to the news release. His areas of responsibility ranged from operations, maintenance, planning, development, emergency and program services, marketing, promotion, revenue, sales, outdoor grants, and general administration. The news release stated Shea started his career with Arkansas State Parks as a seasonal park interpreter in 1995. He also served as a park superintendent, region supervisor, and deputy director for Arkansas State Parks.