Mayor Harold Perrin

City of Jonesboro

(Updated 6/3/20)

Mayor Harold Perrin is seeking help from the Arkansas Attorney General to combat Jonesboro’s problems with Suddenlink cable TV and internet service.

Despite a visit to Jonesboro by executives of Suddenlink and its parent company, AlticeUSA, arranged by Perrin last February to address customer complaints, the problems have not abated, Perrin said.

He expressed his concerns in a letter to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge last week, and the two plan to meet about potential options for action regarding Suddenlink.

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin issued the following statement:

My administration is working diligently to achieve two goals regarding the COVID-19 outbreak:

First, to deploy in all areas under city government the state Health Department- and CDC-approved best practices that will help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our city and region;

and second to dispel the false rumors that can cause panic and distraction, rather than allowing people to focus on the simple measures that will see us through this period safely and responsibly.

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The City of Jonesboro has new zoning laws for future development of residential property. 

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin delivering the 2017-2018 State of the City address.
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“There is a Northeast Arkansas” became the rallying cry of Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin during his State of the City address.  Perrin delivered the address at the Arkansas State University Cooper Alumni Center.

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Record breaking growth expected for Jonesboro.  Mayor Harold Perrin projects that city will see over $200 million in building permits this year….that would set records.  Last year, the city approved over $180 million in permits.

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin holds off his five challengers to hold on to his seat for another term.  Winning with 48% of the vote, Perrin was able to defeat Harold Copenhaver, who picked up 24% of the vote to avoid a runoff.  

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin participated in a Mayoral Candidate Interview with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Jonesboro building permit values up 43% through first seven months

Sep 15, 2016
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Jonesboro building permit values totaled $122 million for the first seven months of 2016, up an impressive 43% compared to the same period in 2015. The increase was largely fueled by expansions at Frito Lay and St. Bernards Healthcare.

Jonesboro and Craighead County sales tax receipts up more than 5% year-to-date

Sep 7, 2016
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Jonesboro has collected $11.6 million in city sales and use tax in the first seven months of 2016, up 5.1% over the same period in 2015, according to the city. Craighead County sales tax collections totaled $12.8 million in sales and use taxes, up 5.2%, or $639,000, from the same period in 2015, according to the county.

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The City of Jonesboro has hired Derrel Smith as the new City Planner. 

On Tuesday, the city announced that Smith was hired to replace long time city planner Otis Spriggs who stepped down in June to work in Huston, TX.  

Chief Operations Officer for the city of Jonesboro L. M. Duncan has again resigned from his office.  The Jonesboro Sun reports Mayor Harrold Perrin sent an email to department heads on Wednesday about Duncan’s departure. 

Jonesboro Officials Still Pushing to Build $12 millon Shooting Range

Jul 21, 2016
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The city of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are hoping to build a state of the art, $12 million shooting range, and could recoup some of the cost by charging the public to use the range.

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Officials for Jonesboro and Memphis are facing disciplinary action for posting  racially controversial messages on social media.

Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler was suspended for 2 weeks without pay  on Wednesday after sending a racially controversial tweet.

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  Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler is to be reprimanded by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin after a comment was released on Twitter that some say is racist.  

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  Jonesboro City Planning Director Otis Spriggs announced Monday he will be resigning from his office.  According to a press release from the city, Spriggs has accepted an offer to become a development director in the greater Houston area. 

The Baton Rouge native served as city planning director for 10 years.  Spriggs helped the city create a Development Review Guide for developers working in Jonesboro and digitizing the department’s paperwork. 

Mayor Harold Perrin said finding a replacement for Spriggs will be difficult, but a priority.

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  Craighead County has been declared a disaster area by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

The official announcement came from a press release of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management over the weekend.  Public Assistance Programs and Individual Assistance Programs have been authorized to assist eligible applicants affected by the May 24th Flood. 

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    Jonesboro city officials continue to assess the response after record rainfall pounded Jonesboro Tuesday night.  Over six inches of rain fell in a few hours, leading to hundreds of calls to 911, dozens of vehicles being stranded, 56 people being evacuated out of homes and led to shelter, 18 streets flooded out, and a 13-year-old boy being saved from rushing water.  In a press conference, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he has been talking with other officials about the response to Tuesday’s

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:

A proposed crosswalk on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro has been nixed due to safety concerns. 

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told members of the Jonesboro Metropolitan Organization’s Policy Committee that he received the news from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. 

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Monday’s town hall meeting on the controversial property maintenance code became heated as opponents expressed concerns over the wording in the ordinance. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports residents were concerned that the language in the ordinance could be abused by future administrations. 

Supporters said any law can be subject to corruption and it is up to the administration to remove the abuser of the law; not the law itself. 

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If the city had the money, what do you want to see happen to blighted areas?   

That was the question University of Memphis School of Architecture students and Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields representatives were asking citizens as they discussed 4 areas in North Jonesboro.  The areas are located along the railroad corridor expanding from Arkansas State University to Riceland foods.

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has decided to give funding to the Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center project.  

The project is funded by the Keller family and will be located along Browns Lane Access Road near I-555.  

According to KAIT, the project will consist of a 159-bed Hyatt Place Hotel and a convention center, which is expected to open by the middle of next year.  

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  After meeting with local businesses Friday, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin is against adopting Dayton Avenue as part of a deal in the Old Fairground Bankruptcy case. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports Perrin asked the Jonesboro City Council to delay the decision to adopt the roadway.  He said he needed time to meet with neighboring businesses and receive financial assistance to bring the road up to city standards.

  The Committee to Repeal Property Code 105-2 has submitted 585 pages of petitions opposing the controversial property maintenance code. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports, the committee submitted the petitions on February 12 bearing 5,032 signatures from Jonesboro voters asking for a special election.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday said the committee needed 3,315 signatures for a special election to be called. 

Disputes over the passing of the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code continue as one group works to gather signatures, despite the actions of another. 

A spokesperson for the Committee to Repeal Property Code 105-2 told the Jonesboro Sun they believe anonymously signed letters from a code supporting group mailed to businesses has helped their cause.

The group Citizens for a Better Jonesboro sent letters in early February to businesses encouraging them to not allow code opponents to collect signatures on their property.

  The Jonesboro City Council Finance Committee is considering an ordinance which could add more than $1 million to the city employee pay plan.

Committee Chairman Darrell Dover told KAIT-TV that full-time city employees would receive a $1,000 pay increase.  Full-time employees with more than one year of service would receive $75 for every year employed up to 30 years annually for longevity pay.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin released a statement Wednesday concerning citizens petitioning for a special election to repeal the property maintenance code. 

Perrin said he heard complaints of people harassing others to sign the petition.  He called for people to be “respectful of private property and restrictions upon certain public property, such as not blocking entrances.”  He also encouraged those being harassed to call the police. 

Jonesboro City Council Committee to Discuss Budget

Dec 14, 2015

The Finance and Administration Committee of the Jonesboro City Council plans to discuss Mayor Perrin’s proposed 2016 operating budget.

The committee will meet before the full council meeting scheduled for tomorrow.  According to the Jonesboro Sun, the total budgeted expenditures for maintenance and operations is about $42 million for 2016, down almost $2.5 million from the 2015 budget.

Also proposed is a $131,000 budget increase for the city’s E-911 dispatching service to hire an additional full-time call taker.

Mayor Perrin Suppors Property Code as Written

Dec 10, 2015

  Mayor Harold Perrin supports the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code as written for its scheduled final reading.

Perrin told the Jonesboro Sun Wednesday he saw “no changes that need to be made to it.”  Supporters of the code say it would help keep property values high and would help in eliminating dilapidated building in the city. 

Opponents say they like the exterior parts of the code, but are concerned about the interior requirements of the code, as well as the possibility of code enforcement officers from Jonesboro entering into homes.