Jonesboro City Council to pick mayor pro tem Monday

Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce


Billy Powell

JONESBORO — The Jonesboro City Council will begin 2014 by welcoming two new members and picking a second-in-command for the city Monday.

Councilmen Jack Bruce and Billy Powell, two regular faces at council meetings, will move from the audience to the dais. This will be Bruce’s first time on the council, but Powell has some past experience. He previously served as a councilman for a couple of years until he was defeated in 2009.

The two men were elected by city residents last year along with Councilwoman Pat Sebo, who was re-elected to her second term.

One of the first items of business they will have to deal with is the selection of a mayor pro tem for the year. Sebo served in the role last year. The mayor pro tem will act in the place of Mayor Joy Day whenever Day is out of town or is otherwise unable to fulfill her duties.

Other items on the council’s agenda will include the reappointment of city employees for 2014, and discussions on applying for a Community Development Block Grant to fund phase II of the South Main Street Infrastructure and Storm Water project, a conditional use request for a Day Care facility at 191 South Main St. and the city’s 2014 holiday scheduled.

Because it is a work session, the council will only vote on the selection of a mayor pro tem and the reappointment of city employees. Residents are allowed to offer public comment on agenda items as they are presented for consideration.