Debe Hollingsworth. (Photo: Debe Hollingsworth Facebook Page)
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - There is controversy among Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and some City Council members concerning a recent mission trip the mayor took to Honduras.
"That was one of the things that was first and foremost that I put out to the public that I am a Christian woman," said Mayor Hollingsworth.
Alderwoman Thelma Walker said the council was not properly notified of the trip and that there is a lack of communication between Hollingsworth and the council. She said that an important vote concerning relocating the city's police department was discussed during the mayor's absence which she said was vetoed by the mayor when she returned.
Walker said this latest situation points to the fact that Hollingsworth has a lack of respect for the council. She said the mayor should have told the senior alderperson about the trip. Mayor Hollingsworth said she did communicate this to the senior alderperson, Bill Brummett.
"The senior council person is in charge should I go out of town and Bill Brummett, who is our senior alderperson, was notified. He knew exactly when I would be leaving and when I would be returning," said Mayor Hollingsworth.
Mayor Hollingsworth was elected into office in November of 2012.