Mayor Agee on his first 100 days, future plans for Paragould

Mayor Agee and the city of Paragould have been focusing on improving code enforcement, law enforcement, and quality of life.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 11:37 PM CDT
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PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - It has been over 100 days since Paragould Mayor Josh Agee has taken office, and he says they have flown by.

“They’ve been busy,” Mayor Agee said. “It’s been fast-moving, and it’s been enjoyable.”

The mayor says his first priority back in January was to get a full team of people in their code enforcement department to distribute the workload, adding that they “couldn’t keep up.”

“We were falling behind,” he said.

Agee mentioned that code enforcement recently has been using new software to expedite the process of cleaning up the town.

In addition, the mayor has added two new K-9 officers to the police department to beef up law enforcement – with the goal to have four total on patrol – and a mobile patrol device placed in parks in town.

Mayor Agee is pushing to improve quality of life, saying that he wants to “attract new residents that want to come here and work,” and keep the “brightest and best here to give back into our economy.”

He adds that it all starts with having transparent leadership, who has the best interest of the “Friendly City” in mind.

“We are representatives of the city,” said the mayor. “We want what’s best for all citizens, and that’s the direction we’re headed.”

The city of Paragould is also working on a new website to give citizens access to public information, such as city finances, code enforcement progress, and new projects in town.

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