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Scotty Dale Douthit

Scotty Dale Douthit, of Russellville, Arkansas, was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to be Chairman of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission effective January 20, 2015, for a six-year term.

By law, the Chairman must be an attorney, and Chairman Douthit is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a licensed attorney since 1995. Prior to law school, Chairman Douthit graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Chairman Douthit first began his legal career working for the Eddy Law Firm in Russellville, Arkansas, before starting his own firm with Partner Jeff Phillips, The Phillips and Douthit Law Firm, in 1996. In private practice, Chairman Douthit handled domestic relations, criminal defense, bankruptcy, Social Security, personal injury, real estate, and civil rights cases. While in private practice, Chairman Douthit also served Arkansas' Fifth Judicial District as a deputy prosecuting attorney, and attorney for the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force.

In November of 2004, Chairman Douthit was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission where he served District 6 for over a decade

As Chairman of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission, he serves on the Board of Kids Chance of Arkansas, a charitable organization which provides scholarships to the children of Arkansas workers, whose parents were killed or left permanently and totally disabled due to job related injury.

Chairman Douthit resides in Russellville, Arkansas, with his wife Tracy and son Scott Douthit III.


Karen H. McKinney

Karen H. McKinney was reappointed on January 16, 2011, to a six-year term as a Commissioner for the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission (AWCC) by Governor Mike Beebe.

She had been appointed as a commissioner on September 17, 2003, to complete a previous commissioner's term, and served a six year term from December 5, 2004 until January 15, 2011.

Commissioner McKinney joined the AWCC staff in April, 1996, where she served as a law clerk for the Full Commission until her appointment as an Administrative Law Judge in June, 1999. Commissioner McKinney served as an attorney for the Barber McCaskill Amsler Jones & Hale firm of Little Rock from May, 1992, until joining the AWCC in 1996.

While she was in private practice, McKinney specialized in insurance defense litigation with an emphasis on tort liability, product liability, and workers' compensation.

She was the valedictorian at Hazen High School in 1984, was graduated magna cum laude from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia in 1989, and received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1992. She resides in Little Rock with her husband Kevin and daughters Taylor and Bailey.


Philip A. Hood

Philip Alan Hood, was appointed Commissioner by Governor Mike Beebe on January 9, 2007, as the labor representative for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Commissioner Hood was appointed by the governor to a six-year term after serving an appointment at another state agency, the Workforce Investment Board, which links employers and jobseekers through a statewide delivery system. He had been there since 2004.

Commissioner Hood is a product of the Little Rock public school system. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Returning to Arkansas after graduation, Commissioner Hood obtained several licenses and certifications, including a multi-line insurance license and a Series 7 Securities license. He had operated as a professional in the insurance and financial services industry in the state of Arkansas since 1995.

Commissioner Hood is a member of the Office Professional Employees International Union Local 105, where he presently serves as president. Previously, while affiliated with the air transportation industry, he was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers where he served as president for more than a thousand members of his local.

He currently serves the membership of the Arkansas AFL-CIO as an executive board member and committee member for both the Pension and Legislative committees.

Commissioner Hood is active in his church and community. He resides in Little Rock with his wife and two children.


State of Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission
324 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 950
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950
Telephone 1-501-682-3930 / 1-800-622-4472
Legal Advisor Direct 1-800-250-2511
Arkansas Relay System TDD 1-800-285-1131

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