JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Chamber of Commerce hosted the State of the City Friday at the Cooper Alumni Center.
The State of the City gives the mayor an opportunity to update citizens and businesses on how the city is doing. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin discussed financial shape along with how public service departments are doing.
He said those who work in the Municipal Building are doing a great job and the city of Jonesboro is moving in positive direction.
"I dedicate this State of the City to our over 500 employees that we have working for you all every day," Perrin said.
His presentation discussed many city departments. In the past year the fire department made 2,479 rescue and emergency medical runs.
"These are the folks that come into your schools and go into all of the businesses here and do the inspections."
It was a big year for the police department as they moved into a new location. Mayor Perrin explained why he rides along with 2nd shift officers on Fridays.
"'Cause it gives me time to sit there and make notes of what's going on," the mayor said.
He also praised the new Miracle League Field and thanked the citizens of Jonesboro for their support.
"This is the most loving, benevolent community I've ever seen in my life," Perrin said.
Mayor Perrin said the city is in great financial shape and he hopes to bring more business and jobs in 2015.
"And so I am extremely pleased to be your mayor in such a wonderful, wonderful community," he said.
Mayor Perrin said the city doesn't run off tax dollars. He said it is because of the great citizens of Jonesboro that the city is thriving.