Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington on Friday re-appointed Lloyd Franklin Sr. to a five-year term on the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Board which oversees the Central City Urban Renewal Plan.

Franklin currently serves as treasurer for the board.

Franklin issued the following statement regarding his appointment:

“I was honored and humbly accepted Mayor Washington’s re-appointment. We are making strides in the elimination of blight and transforming these areas to productive property. Like any new venture, challenges are to be expected. Nevertheless, with the selection of a new executive director we are poised to fulfill the promises that were made to the citizens of Pine Bluff.

“Just days ago, our local demolition contractor razed two properties in a string of demos to come.”

Washington first appointed Franklin to the board in 2017.

“Commissioner Franklin continues to demonstrate his commitment to Pine Bluff by his volunteerism and unwavering desire to make Pine Bluff an epicenter of progress and upward movement. His service on the Urban Renewal Board is one such example. I thank him for his continued service to the citizens of Pine Bluff,” Washington said.

Franklin is a retired captain with the Arkansas State Police after serving 33 years with the agency.

Franklin also served as State Fire Marshal. He and his wife have three children and have resided in Pine Bluff for more than 35 years.

The Urban Renewal Agency was one of the plans presented to Pine Bluff voters last year as a part of the Go Forward Pine Bluff campaign for a five-eighths cent sales tax increase to improve the city. That tax passed with over 70 percent of voter approval.