JONESBORO, Ark. – The man who was the mayor for almost two decades has passed away.
Former Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell died Monday, the city confirmed.
In 1987, Brodell was elected to be the Mayor of the City of Jonesboro – an office he held for 18 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away in 2014.
Brodell himself passed away after a stay in the hospital. Current Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin visited him several times, City Spokesman Bill Campbell told NEA Report.
A number of local officials and dignitaries released statements following his death:
Jonesboro Fire Chief Kevin Miller: I see him as one of catalysts who took Jonesboro from a small city to what it is today.
Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott: He was always looking for a bargain. Always trying to save money for the city. Always had the city’s interest at heart. Though good times and tough times, we always knew we were supported.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin: A lot of the things I do today I learned from Hubert Brodell. He was like a step-father to me, and I’m going to miss him.
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington: Jonesboro and the surrounding area lost a good friend when Mayor Brodell passed. I think he saw promoting the City’s growth as his duty. And man, hasn’t Jonesboro grown in the last 25 years?
Congressman Rick Crawford: Jonesboro lost a crucial community leader today. I am saddened to hear of the loss of former Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell.
By Stan Morris | NEA Report; Photo from City of Jonesboro