Harris named Jefferson County attorney

Pine Bluff attorney and former professional football player Jackie B. Harris has been appointed Jefferson County attorney by County Judge Dutch King.

Harris was named to the position Wednesday. He replaces Terry Wynne, who resigned last week after his law license was suspended for one year by a Supreme Court committee on professional conduct.

According to a press release from King’s office, Harris “came highly recommended for the quality of his work and outstanding professionalism. He has extensive experience working with various units of local government in Jefferson County.”

Harris is an attorney with the law firm of McKissic & Associates, P.L.L.C., a private-practice law firm providing legal services to individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. He specializes is the areas of trusts, probate and estates and estate planning. He is a member of the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association and was appointed to the House Advisory Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association in June 2011.

He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law.

Before joining McKissic & Associates, Harris spent 12 seasons playing tight end for several National Football League teams including the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans. He finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys. He was All-Pro selection after the 1993 season ands finished his playing career after the 2001 season. He had 393 career receptions for 4,410 yards and 25 touchdowns.

A native of Pine Bluff, Harris is married to the former Letrece Scott of DeRidder, La., and they have three children, Jackie Jr., Joshua and Jonathan. He has also been involved with several youth mentoring organizations since 2001.

The county attorney is paid $25,200 a year.