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Posted on: August 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Perrin Receives Prestigious Statewide Award

Mayor Harold Perrin

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin was presented the “John Woodruff City Above Self” award last week at the Arkansas Municipal League Convention.

The “City Above Self” award is presented to Arkansans who have provided lasting benefits to cities by being outstanding examples of dedication to their improvement. Perrin is retiring this year after 12 years as mayor and 15 on the City Council. He also completed a year as president of the AML, the service and advocacy organization for Arkansas municipalities, at the convention’s conclusion.

Perrin also received the “Marvin L. Vinson Commitment to Excellence” award, presented to municipal officials who have served their cities and League boards, councils or committees with distinction and dedication for 12 years.

“It’s an honor to be acknowledged, but any award presented to me is a reflection of the work of the staff of the City of Jonesboro,” Perrin said. “I could achieve nothing without the remarkable people who work for our city.”

AML Executive Director and Jonesboro native Mark Hayes said, “Improving the quality of life overall in Jonesboro is a venture (Perrin) has tackled throughout his administration. His list of accomplishments and accolades doesn’t adequately describe the man, who is synonymous with the city he oversees.”

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, also retiring this year, shared the “City Above Self” honor with Perrin. Mayor Darrell Kirby of Bay also was a “Commitment to Excellence” award recipient.

This year’s convention was held entirely online because of COVID-19 concerns, and Perrin greeted
participants in several speeches broadcast via Zoom and other online platforms.

“I wish we could have held the convention in person,” Perrin said. “There is no replacement for person-to-person interaction, but the AML did an unbelievable job of making this online convention come true.”

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