Former city treasurer, former alderman, retired state trooper seeking post


Three candidates are seeking the part-time, elected job as Pine Bluff city treasurer — a former holder of the post, a past alderman and a retired Arkansas State Police captain.

Greg Gustek, Janice Roberts and Lloyd Franklin Sr. are contesting for the office in Tuesday’s general election.

Gustek

Gustek, treasurer of the Lake Saracen Project Committee, has a degree in music education. Gustek, the city treasurer from 1997-2008, is director of the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive director of the Pine Bluff Festival Association.

Gustek pointed out that he’s the lone candidate with experience in the office.

“I’ve been in the job and saw it through several progressions in the past,” Gustek said. “I’m experienced with budgets and I’m ready to implement some improvements needed for the future. I’m already familiar with the responsibilities of the job, which is to be the banker for the city. The treasurer doesn’t work for the mayor or the city, but rather for the taxpayers.”

Roberts

Roberts, who has a 25 year-background in accounting, has degrees in business economics and public administration. A former city council member who served on the panel for six years, Roberts is an Arkansas Department of Workforce Services program manager.

Roberts touted her financial experience.

“I want to enhance the position by advising the mayor and making sound projections,” she said. “I have established relationships with financial institutions and I’m familiar with applicable laws. I also did budget work for the city when I was with the council, and I plan to create a website showing financial data so citizens can obtain information whenever they might want it.”

Franklin

Franklin said he’ll give “more than part-time service” in the job.

“I would like to act as an internal auditor,” he said. “If needed, I could serve full-time. My training and experience as a fraud examiner makes me the best candidate. I investigated a number of cases in my law enforcement career and I can locate fraud. I would like to have a focus group to oversee finances, conduct public meetings to address rumors, and educate city supervisors on fraud detection.”

Franklin retired as commander of the ASP’s Troop E — which encompasses Jefferson, Arkansas, Desha and Lincoln counties — after 33 years with the agency. A world-certified fraud examiner and member of the Arkansas State Board of Certified Public Accountants, he has a business administration degree.