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Jonesboro Hires New City Financial Director


Steve Purtee

A new financial director for the city of Jonesboro has been named as the current director prepares to leave the position.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has appointed city accountant Steve Purtee to take over the role of financial director. Current financial director Deanna Hornback is exiting the position, according to Perrin, to join her family in Oklahoma.

Purtee will officially assume the role Sept. 28.

“I want to thank Deanna Hornback for doing a great job for the City after coming out of her own retirement, and we wish her well,” Perrin said in a statement. “I think the timing is perfect to move Steve into this role, as we are in the early stages of planning next year’s budget. It is going to be a difficult budget year, and he is already on top of it.”

This has been a short tenure for Hornback, who was named Jonesboro’s financial director in April 2019. She had served in the city’s finance department since October 2018 and had also served as the interim financial director.

Hornback replaced former financial director Trever Harvey, who was fired by the city in the wake of second degree second assault charges.

Purtee has ties to the Jonesboro community, having graduated from both Arkansas State University and Nettleton High School. He also holds degrees from the Arkansas Institute of Banking and Louisiana State University.

“I am grateful to Mayor Perrin for putting his trust in me,” Purtee said. “I am very comfortable with this role because of my experience managing the finances of cities, banks and businesses, and I am proud to have a small but strong team around me.”

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