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Mayor James Bradford
ABOUT MAYOR JAMES E. BRADFORD
On December 6, 2014, James E. Bradford was elected the twenty-eighth Mayor of the Town of Jonesboro, Louisiana, and inaugurated on December 29, 2014.
Thus far under Bradford’s leadership, the Town of Jonesboro has been the recipient of over $500,000 in grants and donations to improve our utility infrastructure, water utility facilities, street infrastructure and community development. In the summer of 2016, Bradford led a community development initiative to permanently establish a local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. In January of 2016, the Louisiana Delta Community College system opened their Jonesboro campus, an institution Bradford assisted in securing. In addition to this, Bradford developed an initiative to bring Jonesboro into the digital age through online innovation for the public to conveniently access their public officials and local government.
Previously, Bradford served as a police juror for 18 years on the Jackson Parish Police Jury, where he served as the first black President of the Jury. During his service on the Jury, Bradford secured funding for road and utility infrastructure, the construction of the Jackson Parish Health Unit, the Jonesboro Airport and public parks.
Bradford has served in many other capacities as well, including: Vice President of the Workforce Investment Board, a member of the Board of Directors for the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, a member of the North Delta Regional Planning District, a board member for the Jackson Parish Council on the Aging, Jackson Parish Board of Supervisors of Elections and a member of the Jackson Parish Library Board.
He is one of the founders of the Jackson Community Action Agency, now Pine Belt Community Action Agency, a local nonprofit organization aimed at addressing poverty in our community. Additionally, he is also a founder of the Pine Belt Head Start program.
As a proud alumnus of Grambling State University, Bradford has served as President of the Grambling State University National Alumni Association for over 14 years.
Prior to his retirement in 2009, Bradford was employed by the local paper mill, working his way from accounts payable of the local mill to Central Regional Governmental Affairs Manager for the corporation, where he oversaw governmental and public relations for the corporation in six states.
Bradford is a graduate of Jackson High School of Jonesboro and Grambling State University, with additional studies at Louisiana Tech University, Northeast Louisiana University (now, the University of Louisiana at Monroe) and Wayne State University.
Bradford is a lifelong resident of Jackson Parish. He was married to the late Mae Calahan and has three children, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is a deacon at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
EMAIL MAYOR BRADFORD
Mayor Bradford firmly believes the best way to measure of his service and leadership is by receiving feedback from the public. In that spirit, we have made it easy for you to contact him directly through email. If you would like Mayor Bradford to hear your concern, visit Contact Us and select "Email Mayor Bradford" under the department drop-down menu. If a response is necessary, please allow 2-3 business days for us to adequately address your concern.
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