Department of Public Safety Chief Counsel Resigns, Will Join Sanders Campaign

Cody Hiland, chief attorney for the Arkansas Department of Public Safety, has been hired by Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ campaign.

The campaign also announced the hiring of Andrew “Vu” Ritchie, a former senior adviser to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton.

“Cody and Vu are talented and highly respected for their accomplishments and experiences in politics, politics and law at the local, state and federal levels,” Sanders said in a press release.

Hiland, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, is expected to resign from his state post on Thursday, according to a resignation letter sent to the Department of Public Safety dated Sept. 1. He noted in the letter that he had accepted a position in the private sector.

“It has been an honor to serve the outstanding men and women of this department over the past year, and I wish you well as you lead this organization,” Hiland said in the letter to the Secretary of the Department. Public Safety AJ Gary.

Hiland was hired as chief counsel for the Department of Public Safety in June 2021 by then-secretary Jami Cook. Cook resigned, citing health issues, on August 5, according to a press release from Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Sanders announced in March that Hiland would be a leading member of his Law Enforcement for Sarah Coalition.

Hiland served as a United States attorney from 2017 to 2020 after being appointed to the position by President Donald J. Trump. He was previously an attorney for the 20th Judicial District and for Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.

He also served as legislative and legal aide to former Governor Mike Huckabee.