Attorney General Griffin Names New Chief Deputy Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Chief Investigator

Attorney General Tim Griffin issued the following statement announcing two promotions in his office:

“Today I have promoted Ryan Owsley to be the new Chief Deputy Attorney General for my office and have named Greg McKay as the new Chief Investigator for the office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

“Ryan Owsley has served in my office as Deputy Attorney General for Opinions and FOIA. He has worked in the Office of the Attorney General for three different AGs, two Republicans and a Democrat. Ryan is widely respected throughout Arkansas’s legal community as one of the state’s foremost experts on the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. 

“Since rejoining the AG’s office last year, Ryan has advised on complicated matters involving nearly every division in my office. With his experience in various aspects of the law and strong leadership ability, he is the clear choice to step into the role of Chief Deputy Attorney General.

“Ryan succeeds Bob R. Brooks, Jr., who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. Bob was a trusted friend and a giant in the legal community, and there is no replacing him. However, Bob had great confidence in Ryan, and I know Bob would be proud of this decision.

“Greg McKay has worked in the Medicaid Fraud Control Division in the Office of the Attorney General since 2017 as a Senior Special Agent. Greg’s backgrounds in law enforcement and accounting uniquely position him to be an excellent Chief Investigator, and I am confident that he will lead our Medicaid investigative team with the same quality of work and character that he has demonstrated throughout his tenure with the Office of the Attorney General.

“It is rewarding to be able to give quality people new opportunities to serve the people of Arkansas. I expect great things of Ryan and Greg, and I know they are up to the challenge.”

In addition to his work at the Office of the Attorney General, Owsley has worked as an attorney at the Bureau of Legislative Research and in private practice.

McKay has 14 years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer and has also previously held jobs as an accountant in the private sector.

About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was sworn in as the 57th Attorney General of Arkansas on January 10, 2023, having previously served as the state’s 20th Lieutenant Governor from 2015-2023. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, where he served on the House Committee on Ways and Means, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Ethics and House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority.

Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for more than 27 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq.

He is currently serving as the Commander of the 2d Legal Operations Detachment in New Orleans, Louisiana. His previous assignments include serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment at Fort Liberty (née Bragg), North Carolina, and as a Senior Legislative Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Griffin earned a master’s degree in strategic studies as a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Griffin also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush; Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas; Senior Investigative Counsel, Government Reform and Oversight Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett, In re: HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway, and Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He attended graduate school at Oxford University. He is admitted to practice law in Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive). Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.