City Employees Get Opportunity To Question Mayoral Candidates

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- It was the "non uniform" city employees turn to ask the questions on Thursday. With the state of the economy on everyone's mind, the topic of the increasing cost of living didn't take long to come up. Felecia Parks says it's going to be difficult to predict the measures that would need to take place to keep up with the rising cost of living.

"I know I have stated previously that I support annual pay increases for city employees, and I do. I believe they are an effective means for maintaining employee retention. I also believe we have to be mindful of our budget, and adjust that accordingly," said Parks.

Alec Farmer says the city has to be responsible with the city's money. He says, if elected, he'll take a close look at the results from a salary survey being conducted.

".... but to say I will accept them and implement the recommendations before ever seeing them, that would be irresponsible and foolish of anybody who was supposed to be responsible for the taxpayers," said Farmer.

Jason Willet says uniform or not, every city employee should be treated equally. He says if he is elected Mayor of Jonesboro they will be.

"I don't show favoritism. I just don't and I'm not going to. I'll make sure and say that in front of the press and everyone else and I'll do it publicly at every meeting we have," said Willett.

Harold Perrin says if one employee has a complaint about another employee-- communication is key in getting the problem solved.

"I want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly and that there is a process in place to ensure that.  As with any organization, there has to be a chain of command that is respected and given a chance to work through those issues," said Perrin.

The "non uniform" employees will have a Q&A forum with the city council candidates on October 23rd, at the Huntington Building.

The meeting begins at 5:30.