A Message from an Out-Going Mayor

November 24, 2004 -- Posted 6:00 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- Jonesboro Mayor-elect Doug Formon entered the Police Department on Wednesday a new man with a new title. His fellow officers even left a note on his office door saying welcome back mayor.

"Just ready to get started, just ready to get this first holiday behind us and get looking at some budgets and seeing what's going on and meeting with some council members," said Formon.

Meanwhile, over at city hall it's business as usual. Some city employees say they for see a smooth transition.

"Certainly I think it's in the best interest of the city if there's an agreement between department heads and the mayor on the direction these departments should go," said Finance Director Larry Flowers.

There's no other person who better understands how the city runs than Hubert Brodell. He's getting ready to wrap up an 18 year history as mayor of the city. His departure comes with mixed emotions.

"When you're almost 76 years old, you're time is limited on earth," said Brodell. "It's sad to leave here because I love the job, still love it."

Brodell is eager to offer up advice to the incoming mayor. He says the city's number one priority at this time is the budget, and aside from that he believes it's vitally important for Jonesboro to remain united. He says after all Jonesboro has been successful not because of politicians, but because of its people.

"If the new mayor needs any help that I can help him with, or if somebody needs some help, I'll always be there," added Brodell.

"When I came to work here in 1988, I was 23 years old, he had already been mayor for a couple of years. I'm 40 now, so he has a lot of wisdom in the job, and I'm sure he'll give me a lot of advice. I'll be taking a lot of notes from Hubert Brodell, that's for sure," said Formon.