Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. on Friday evening named 109 people who will serve on the eight subcommittees that will help set an agenda for his time in office.
More than 500 people submitted applications for positions through Scott's campaign website. The weeklong application period closed Jan. 14.
Subcommittee members were chosen based on experience related to each group's subject matter, qualifications, desire to serve, diversity and ward representation, a news release from Scott's transition team said. Those named include teachers, attorneys, faith leaders, policy wonks, activists, agency directors and business people.
Scott named the subcommittees' chairmen from among his transition board of directors earlier this month. Each group will present recommendations to the 11-member board, which will present a final report to Scott that will serve as a "playbook" for his time in office.
The mayor announced the names of his transition board of directors, which include mayoral rival Baker Kurrus and campaign adviser Antwan Phillips, in December.
Scott has said that he plans to have the transition process completed before delivering his State of the City address in mid-March. A spokesman for the transition said the subcommittees' meeting schedule will be up to the chairmen, but many will meet weekly because of the amount of work to be done.
"Little Rock, let's get to work!" Scott's senior adviser, Kendra Pruitt, wrote in a tweet about the announcement.
Notable subcommittee members named Friday include the state's 2019 Teacher of the Year, Stacy McAdoo, and former state representative and U.S. congressional candidate Clarke Tucker.
The eight subcommittees echo topics Scott addressed in his campaign, including education, economic development, public safety, government overhaul and quality of life.
McAdoo will serve on the education subcommittee. Tucker will serve on the public safety committee, as will former Little Rock Fire Chief Greg Summers.
Other people named include the Rev. Dr. Anika Whitfield, a Little Rock School District and Poor People's Campaign activist; Morril Harriman, the ex-chief of staff for former Gov. Mike Beebe; Rock Region Metro director Charles Frazier; and Christopher Jones, head of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub..
In a tweet Friday evening, the mayor encouraged those who were not chosen for a subcommittee to apply for spots on the city's boards or commissions.
Teresa Knapp Gordon, president of the Little Rock Education Association, expressed disappointment in a Facebook comment that she was not chosen for the education subcommittee.
Many on social media were enthusiastic.
"Both honored and humbled that I get to help...make history with Mayor Frank Scott Jr.," public relations agency owner Gerald Thomas, who was named to the quality of life subcommittee, wrote in a tweet. "Let's shake some things up in Little Rock!!!!!!"
Sen. Joyce Elliott, Chairman, and John Rutledge
Lara Blume McGee
Gus Blass, III, Chairman, and John Rutledge
Marquita Little Numan
Finance and Administration:
Kathryn Hazelett, Chairman, and Baker Kurrus
Sarah Catherine Gutierrez
Dr. Christopher Jones
Dr. Sara Tariq, Chairman, and Cristina Monterrey
Tamika Edwards, Chairman, and Kathyrn Hazelett
Tamika Edwards, Chairman, and Cristina Monterrey
Quality of Life:
Jay Barth, Chairman, and Sen. Elliott
Dr. Riley Lipschitz
Pat Riley, Jr.
Dr. Chad Rogers
Transformation and Government Reform:
Antwan Phillips, Chairman, Will Rockefeller and Baker Kurrus
Dr. Anika Whitfield
Metro on 01/26/2019
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