Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday (Dec. 12) that Arkansas Parks and Tourism Director Kane Webb has resigned to take a job with Walmart. Webb will be replaced on an interim basis by Cynthia Dunlap, the current Chief Fiscal Officer at the agency.
“Kane has been a wonderful staffer, director, adviser, and friend over the course of the past four years. As director of Parks and Tourism, he led the agency to new heights and successfully managed the 2017 War Memorial Stadium merger into Parks and Tourism. He is a true talent, and I wish him the best of luck in his new position,” said Hutchinson.
“With this news, I’m pleased to announce Cynthia Dunlap will be the interim director of Parks and Tourism upon Kane’s resignation. Cynthia has been with the agency for more than 14 years. As the current CFO, she has considerable experience with the agency’s budget, in addition to a deep understanding of Arkansas tourism—our state’s second largest industry. I have no doubt she will do a tremendous job as we begin our search for the next director,” he added.
At the end of the year, Webb will leave the ADPT post to take the position of Director of Executive Communications at Walmart in Bentonville.
Webb, a former Senior Advisor and speechwriter for Hutchinson, has served as the director of ADPT since Hutchinson appointed him to the position in November of 2015. Prior to that, Webb was a longtime journalist, including stints as a reporter and member of the editorial page for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
“I am forever indebted to the Governor for the opportunity he afforded me to be a part of the team at Parks and Tourism as well as serving on his senior staff. It has been a remarkable experience in every way, and I am proud to have been a part of his first term in office,” Webb said. “You won’t find a better, more devoted group of public servants than those at Parks and Tourism, and it is in excellent hands at every level. ADPT will never have a bigger advocate than me. But this opportunity in the private sector with Walmart was something I could not turn down, and I look forward to joining a proud Arkansas company that is growing today and transforming for the future.”
Webb inherited and oversaw a boon in Arkansas tourism during his tenure, which also included a revamp of the agency’s digital reach through www.Arkansas.com and www.Arkansasstateparks.com. He also oversaw the move of War Memorial Stadium under the ADPT umbrella and helped secure a new contract with the University of Arkansas to keep Razorback football games at the historic stadium.
“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to serve this great agency and the State of Arkansas as Interim Director,” Dunlap said in a press release. “I am humbled by the confidence that has been shown in me by Governor Hutchinson and our current director, Kane Webb. Working for Parks and Tourism has been the highlight of my professional career. There’s nothing more rewarding than working with a group of people who feel more like family than co-workers. I truly believe Parks and Tourism is one of, if not the best, agency for which anyone with a heart to serve the public could work. I look forward to working with our amazing staff in doing everything I can to promote its mission and serve the dedicated team of employees that makes this agency shine.”
Dunlap has been with ADPT since November of 2004 and currently serves as the agency’s Chief Fiscal Officer. Prior to that, she spent more than 23 years at Alltel as Staff Manager over various Accounting Departments. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dunlap lives in Woodson, Arkansas.