Poole Announces Run for Piggott Mayor
Jim Poole, long time Piggott business, community and banking leader, has entered the November race for Mayor. "I'm motivated and I'm running because of my deep love for the city of Piggott," Poole said in making the announcement. "I believe my experience qualifies me to help Piggott grow, and to lead city government in focused and ongoing efforts to continually improve the quality of life here."
A multi-term member of the city council, Poole has twice served as president of the Piggott Chamber of Commerce, and has a long history of community service in Piggott. He has served as a board member of the Delta Hills Health Agency, on the East Arkansas Planning Finance Committee and as a Board member of Piggott Community Sharing Hearts.
A graduate of Greenway High School, he has supplemented his education with training at Arkansas State University in Consumer and Real Estate Lending, and Compliance training at the University of Oklahoma.
Poole and his wife Pat (Grimes) Poole have two children, Chad and Ashley, and four grandchildren, Marley, Maks, Caden and Sloane. They are active members of the Piggott First General Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon.
A U.S. Army veteran, Poole has been employed at Piggott State Bank for 46 years, where he serves as Vice-President. "Piggott State Bank is a local community bank, focused on local community needs," he observed. "It's a great environment, and I plan to bring the same focus and concern for our community that I've experienced at the bank to my new position as Mayor of Piggott."
But, Poole has also decided to be a fulltime mayor and has indicated a successful campaign will mean an end to his career. "Upon election as Mayor, I will resign my position at the bank at the end of this year to focus all my efforts on the duties of the job at hand," he surmised.
Poole is currently midway through his term as an alderman from the south ward. He is the only candidate to announce for the mayoral race to replace Gerald Morris, who has chosen not to run for re-election in the fall.