Senior PB alderman wants to keep post


The Pine Bluff City Council’s senior member is a candidate for re-election.

“I pledge to continue to work for all people of Pine Bluff and to create the best place we can be,” said Bill Brumett, a Lonoke County native and longtime businessman who was first elected to the council in 1996, when he closed out the unexpired term of deceased Alderman Benny Scallion.

Brumett formed the NewLife Insurance Marketing alliance of independent insurance and financial services professionals in 1985 and currently owns The Brumett Agency Inc. Tax Centers of Dollarway and Auto Express LLC.

A 1969 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in electrical engineering, Brumett chairs the council’s ways and means committee and is also a member of the public safety and public works committees.

Additionally, he chairs the Pine Bluff Advertising and Tourist Promotion Commission and serves on the city’s area transportation commission and employee retirement board.

Formulating legislation to control and establish juvenile curfew hours within the city and chairing the Pine Bluff Senior Citizens Project that developed the Coretta Scott King Senior Facility in Martin Luther King Park and the city’s information technology committee that developed city channel PBTV16 on Pine Bluff Cable are among what he considers his primary achievements as an elected leader.

President of the Pine Bluff American-Eastern Little League Softball program and a member of the Jefferson County 4-H youth program’s board of directors, Brumett is a former president of the Pine Bluff and Arkansas Jaycees. In 1982, he was named among the Arkansas Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Men.

A member of Pine Bluff First Baptist Church, where he previously served on the finance board, Brumett is married to the former Judy O’Briant of Grady. The Brumetts have three children and eight grandchildren.

“I appreciate the confidence the constituents have expressed in me by electing me to serve on their council nearly two decades now,” Brumett said. “I take the job and responsibility of being their alderman seriously and give my word that I’ll continue to do my absolute best in ensuring that I’m always worthy of the trust and faith they’ve placed in me.”