JONESBORO, Ark. – Less than a month after his retirement, Jonesboro Chief Operating Officer L.M. Duncan is returning to his previous position.
A press release from the City of Jonesboro said Duncan left on a Friday before the flooding issues of May 24.
He reportedly knew the city faced a huge workload and wanted to return to help.
“I left on Friday and the storm struck on Tuesday,” said Duncan, who is picking up where he left off after 5 1/2 years in Perrin’s administration. “I knew Jonesboro was going through a lot of problems, and the mayor felt like I could help. I feel like I can, and I want to help.”
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said he was relieved and happy simultaneously at Duncan’s return.
“We’ve had an incredible workload since this storm, and L.M. has experience and knowledge that are invaluable,” Perrin said.
Former Jonesboro Sun editor, Roy Ockert has been filling in since Duncan’s departure.
“I think the flood came on Roy’s first day of work, and he hasn’t looked up from his desk since,” Perrin said. “I can’t thank Roy enough for his dedication and service to this city.”
As COO, Duncan oversees all city departments with mobile operations, including the Streets, Sanitation, and Parks and Recreation, and shares an office with Perrin on the fourth floor of the City Municipal Building.