Pine Bluff Alderman Bill Brumett has annouced his decision to run for re-election for his Third Ward seat. Earlier this year, former Pine Bluff Alderman Glen Brown Sr. announced he is running for the same position.


Brumett is the senior member of the Pine Bluff City Council, elected the first time to fill the unexpired term of Alderman Benny Scallion in 1996. He is currently chair of the Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Public Safety Committee and Development and Planning Committee. He is a member of the Pine Bluff Area Transportation Committee and the City Employee Retirement Board.


Brumett was born and raised on a farm along Bayou Meto south of Lonoke, Arkansas. After graduation from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1969, Brumett was recruited by Central Moloney Transformer of Pine Bluff as an Process Control Engineer. He worked also for W&A Manufacturing Company as Quality Control Engineer. In 1979 he joined Chase National Life Insurance Company, and in 1985 he formed NewLife Insurance Marketing, an alliance of independent insurance and financial services professionals. He presently owns Brumett Agency, Inc; Tax Centers of Dollarway; and Auto Express LLC.


He served as president of the Pine Bluff Jaycees in 1976 and was president of the Arkansas Jaycees in 1978. In 1982 Brumett was selected one of Arkansas’ Ten Outstanding Young Men by the Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Brumett is married to Judy O’Briant Brumett, originally from Grady. They have been married for 43 years and have three children, Karen, Terri and Allen. The Brumetts have eight grandchildren. The Brumetts are members of the First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.


Brumett is president of Pine Bluff American-Eastern Little League Softball and serves on the board of the Jefferson County 4H. He is vice president of the Pine Bluff Small Business Association and serves on the Pine Bluff Chamber Small Business Task Force.


Career highlights include:Chair of the Senior Citizens Center Project that developed the Coretta Scott King Senior Facility in MLK Park.Chair of the Information Technology Committee that developed the city channel PBTV16 on Pine Bluff Cable.Developed legislation to control and establish juvenile curfew hours in the city.Implemented quarterly finance review at the city to avoid shortfalls.


“I pledge to continue to work for all people of Pine Bluff and to create the best place we can be,” Brumett said.