Elected to a third four-year term in November 2016, Mayor Harold Perrin has proven to be one of the most effective and visionary leaders in the City of Jonesboro’s history.
A banker by vocation, Perrin took over a city in dire financial circumstances in 2009 and has led it to prosperity despite a national recession.
Under Perrin, Jonesboro’s population has grown by 15 percent to upward of 75,000.
But Perrin, 70, has worked to ensure growth comes with stability. Jonesboro’s unemployment rate consistently ranks at or near the lowest in the region, while quality of life, safety and transportation have remained the city’s highest priorities.
Successes include new fire stations that have helped Jonesboro attain a fire rating of 1, ensuring residents the best protection and lowest home insurance rates possible. Recreational activities have improved with the creation of The Miracle League, the nation’s largest rubberized entertainment park for children with disabilities, and a pedestrian and bicycle trail around Craighead Forest Park, one of the state’s largest city-owned parks.
Acclaimed as a financial whiz with a presidential Rolodex, Perrin has fostered a business growth that led GoBankRates.com to label Jonesboro as the best place to earn a living in Arkansas for 2017. It’s an acknowledgement of the growth and change that has transpired in the regional business, educational and medical mecca during Perrin’s tenure.
Not only is he beginning a ninth year as mayor, Perrin served 15 years on the City Council and was a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Arkansas State University.
Well before he was ever elected to office, he was a leader in the community. He’s been president of two major banks and principal of his own management consulting firm. He has also given freely of his time to many area organizations, serving on numerous boards and commissions, including:
- Arkansas State University Board of Trustees
- Delta Dental of Arkansas Board of Directors
- Arkansas Industrial Developers
- Arkansas State University Chancellors Cabinet
- Abilities Unlimited
- Arkansas Workforce Development Board
- Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce
- Arkansas Municipal League
- …and many more.
Perrin, who has been married to his wife Susan for 48 years, now manages a City with upward of 600 employees and a $40.7 million budget.