Frank Scott Jr., who becomes Little Rock mayor Jan. 1, has announced a committee of people to help him plan the transition that includes a former opponent, financial backers and others.

The names include Baker Kurrus, defeated by Scott in a runoff to succeed Mark Stodola, and financial backers such as Gus Blass III and Will Rockefeller, not to mention Hendrix professor and Arkansas Times columnist Jay Barth and lawyer and Arkansas Times podcaster Antwan Phillips.


His release:

This morning, I’m announcing my Transition Board of Directors and Committees. The names of individuals who will serve as the Board of Directors of my transition organization are: Dr. Jay Barth; Gus Blass, III; Tamika Edwards; Sen. Joyce Elliott; Kathryn Hazelett; Baker Kurrus; Cristina Monterrey; Antwan Phillips; Will Rockefeller; John Rutledge; and Dr. Sarah Tariq.

This team will help lead a people-powered transition process that will consist of eight citizen-led subcommittees on the following: Finance and Administration; Education; Mobility; Economic Development; Public Safety; Inclusion; Quality of Life; and, Transformation and Government Reform.

Each City department, board, commission, or entity that receives public resources will meet with the relevant subcommittee to determine impact during the prior eight years. Subcommittees will use this information, along with that of the City Manager’s Office and outgoing mayor’s administration, and input from public comments by each subcommittee to make final recommendations. These recommendations will be included in the transition’s final report and ultimately produce a four-year plan for the Scott Administration.

The people of our community shaped my campaign and will continue to shape the future of Little Rock, beginning with this transition into our new administration. An open, transparent process is the first step in producing a clear game plan for holding myself and the Little Rock Board of Directors accountable throughout my first term. Onward!