Franklin files for PB city treasurer position

Retired Arkansas State Police Capt. Lloyd Franklin filed Monday for the position of Pine Bluff city treasurer in the May Democratic primary.

This is the second time Franklin has sought the office. He ran unsuccessfully in 2012, losing to current Treasurer Greg Gustek.

Franklin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and completed 33 hours of graduate work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also graduated from the School of Law Enforcement Management at the Criminal Justice Institute, a division of UALR.

A former chairman and member of the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission, Franklin was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Accountancy by Gov. Mike Beebe, is president of the Arkansas FBI Members Alliance and a former Arkansas state fire marshal.

In a press release, Franklin said if elected, he would seek legal action against any business owing more than $5,000 in hamburger taxes and would conduct random tests of transactions for fraud in city agencies and departments, which would be similar to an internal auditor for taxpayers.

He also said he would conduct public meetings with taxpayers on the city’s finances and seminars for management and employees of the city on financial matters.