Jonesboro Transportation Coordinator Resigns

JANUARY 18, 2006 - Posted at 10:13 a.m. CST, updated at 2:40 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Just ten days on the job, and Jonesboro's new Transportation Coordinator has turned in her resignation to city officials.

Roxanne Painter officially began her job as director of the city's fledgling public transit system on January 9, but has apparently come to the realization that the job is not for her.

According to a statement by Mayor Doug Formon issued via fax Wednesday morning, "This week Roxanne Painter resigned as Transportation Coordinator.  In discussions with City Hall, she stated that she could not dedicate the intense attention that she would need to, for the position.  I understand and appreciate Roxanne letting me know before Transit is fully operational.  Public transit is a priority for City Hall, and I will work night and day to make sure it has all the resources it needs to be a successful program for our city."

City Hall Operations Director Brian Wadley told K8 News Wednesday afternoon that he doesn't think Painter's resignation will significantly delay implementation of the transit plan.  "We hope that we don't miss it by much.  You know, any delay is a delay, but we hope to really stay on course as much as possible," said Wadley.  "We don't anticipate any unnecessary delays other than those that we have no control over."