Evelyn Horton, who has been the assistant to Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth since Hollingsworth took office Jan. 1, 2013, has resigned.

Evelyn Horton, who has been the assistant to Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth since Hollingsworth took office Jan. 1, 2013, has resigned.


Her resignation was effective Monday and Horton said she "felt like it was time for a change for me."


Horton said she had no plans at this time.


"I needed a break," she said.


Horton also said she was still supporting Hollingsworth, who is seeking a second term in the March 1 Democratic primary.


"Evelyn came to me several months ago and said she wanted to retire again," Hollingsworth said. "She was retired and came out of retirement to work here."


Hollingsworth described working in the office as "difficult."


"From the time we hit the door, there are long days and then things at night and on weekends," she said. "You have to be really high energy to keep up."


Asked if she had thought about a replacement, Hollingsworth said she was going to wait.


"If I get re-elected, there will be plenty of time to think about that," she said. "When the good Lord shuts one door, he opens another."


During the time that she worked for Holingsworth, she frequently represented the mayor and was the point person for a citywide cleanup in June 2015.


During a S.A.F.E. (Support Abatement with Fines and Enforcement) meeting, Horton was one of those who supported the idea of churches adopting several blocks around their church and cleaning them up as part of the campaign.


At a later meeting held at the Breath of Life Church, the Rev. Kerry Price Sr. said his church had adopted a section of Pine Bluff that included cleaning up the area and offering support to people who needed it.


"If we can restore pride in this city, we can turn it around," she said at that meeting. "We can do it if we all come together."


Horton was also part of a task force of city employees who reviewed the bids of companies who wanted to contract with the city to clean up the rubble that resulted from the collapse of the former Band Museum/VFW building on Main Street on Feb. 21, 2015.


Mr. Brick Antique Buy and Sell eventually purchased the fallen buildings and is salvaging the bricks at no cost to the city.