Changes in one Jonesboro department could mean big bucks

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "We don't want to cut the programs that we're offering to the kids and things of that nature for Jonesboro," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

To help maintain those programs, activities, and services that parks and recreation offers, Erin says  more money needs to be coming into the department.  He's hoping a newly created position will help.

"The primary focus of that job is to do nothing more than generate revenue for the parks department and the citizens of Jonesboro," said Perrin.

Perrin says they have done away with the Assistant Park's Director position for right now.  It's been replaced with the Assistant to the Park's Director position.  He says the duties and salary have been reduced,  but the task is clear.

"This person is totally tunnel vision, one thing and one thing only, that's revenue, business development, and public relations," said Perrin.

"We're trying to improve the department through trying to generate a little bit of revenue through these events, and sponsorships, and donations," said Perrin.

Newly appointed Parks Director Jeff Owens says this position won't have all of the responsibility the Assistant Park's Director did--allowing for the  focus to be more narrow.

"I'm hoping they can come in and like I said generate some revenue to offset some of these programs so that eventually it will take some of the strain off the city's operating budget," said Owens.

Perrin says he's hopeful this change in job titles and duties will help continue his vision to be a more  efficient and productive city.

"In order to stay there, we're going to have to generate revenue to maintain that level," said Perrin.

Perrin says he hopes to have the position filled by the first part of September.  Officials says the Assistant to the Park's Director  will make just over 34 thousand dollars, replacing the  Assistant Park's Director position that paid about 51 thousand dollars.

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