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Q&A with Josh Curtis Family: Wife Alisha and miniature dachshund Piper.

My favorite meal: Medium rare ribeye with a side of spicy boiled shrimp and peanut butter pie.

t’s easy to imagine why the call to public service resounded so loudly for Josh Curtis as he was grow- ing up. After all, his grandfather had been a Benton city councilman for 34 years, and his father had

served as a Saline County justice of the peace for 20 years. So in 2012 when his father announced he was vacating his quorum court seat to run for Saline County Clerk, Curtis tossed his hat into the political ring and declared his candidacy for justice of the peace. “My family has been heavily involved in public service, and I wanted to learn more,” Curtis said of his decision. “I wanted to continue the tradition of our family being involved in public service.” Both Curtises waged successful campaigns that year, and in 2016 Josh Curtis will seek his third term on the Saline County quorum court, on which he serves as chairman of the Human Resource Committee and co-chairman of the Finance Committee. Tat background coupled with his experience working in state government prompted AAC Executive Director Chris Villines to bring Curtis into the AAC family this summer in the position of governmental affairs director. “Josh’s experience in constitutional state offices and county government as a justice of the peace will be benefi- cial to Arkansas counties,” Villines said. “He is a dedicated professional who has built an expansive network in the state. We expect him to excel in his next career path here at AAC. He has settled nicely on our team, and he has already survived an AAC conference.” Curtis will serve as liaison to the Circuit Clerks Associa- tion of Arkansas and the Arkansas Collectors Association. Curtis was born and raised in Benton, the eldest son of

Doug and Jeannette Curtis’ four children. Doug Curtis is in his second term as Saline County Clerk, and Jeannette Curtis is a certified public accountant. After graduating from Benton High School, Curtis earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He worked at his father’s glass shop and in construction until accepting a job with the Republican Party of Arkansas in 2010. Among Curtis’ duties were organizing volunteers, campaigning door to door, placing telephone calls, and planning and

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When I’m not working I’m: I enjoy spending time with my family, especially the Sunday dinners at my mom and dad’s house. I golf, watch football and hunt.

Te accomplishments of which I am most proud: How I have dealt with adversity in my professional life. One example of this is when the Saline County sheriff was stepping down from his post and the quorum court had to appoint a new sheriff. It was my first year on the quorum court, and I feel like I provided strong leadership to move Saline County in the right direction during this difficult time.

Te hardest thing I have ever done is: Saying good-bye to my grandpa when I was a senior in high school. It is always tough losing a family member, but he was a man who laid a foundation for my family, and I loved and respected him.

At the top of my bucket list is to: Attend all of golf’s major championship tournaments and harvest a 150- inch buck in Arkansas.

You might be surprised to learn that: My wife and I were junior high school sweethearts.

My pet peeve is: I don’t let the little things bother me.

Motto or favorite quote: “A tradition unlike any other” (Jim Nantz, intro to Te Masters Golf Tournament) and “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results” (Willie Nelson).

How long have you been at AAC and can you describe some of your successful AAC projects: I have been with the AAC since the middle of June. Communication is key in government. Chris and I took part in a county officials meeting in Franklin County, and it was a huge success. Many things were discussed, and right off the bat, we were able to help with a couple of issues. I think this will be an ongoing thing, and it proved to be a good way to help officials get on the same page.

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