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Little Rock mayor announces chief of staff's resignation

by Joseph Flaherty | January 26, 2022 at 5:24 p.m.
Charles Blake (left) and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. are shown in this undated composite photo.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s chief of staff, Charles Blake, will step down effective Monday to pursue an opportunity in the private sector, Scott announced Wednesday.

"I am forever grateful for his counsel and leadership through change and crises and his willingness to serve the residents of Little Rock," Scott wrote on Twitter.

Scott's senior adviser Kendra Pruitt will become his new chief of staff, according to the mayor's Twitter thread.

In May 2019, Blake resigned as the top Democrat in the Arkansas House to take the job with the mayor's office. He was first elected to represent House District 36 in 2014.

He also served as Scott's campaign manager during the 2018 mayoral race in which Scott ultimately defeated lawyer Baker Kurrus in a runoff to win a first term and succeed Mark Stodola.

Blake's resignation from City Hall follows the departure of Scott's chief spokeswoman, Stephanie Jackson, a part-time city employee who served as communications director. Jackson resigned effective Jan. 3.

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