Ex-board member withdraws job bid
Former City Director Brad Cazort has withdrawn his application for part-time real estate work in City Attorney Tom Carpenter’s office, Carpenter said.
Cazort, whose 20-year run as a city director ended in January after he declined to seek re-election, sought work as a real estate attorney focused on foreclosures and “quiet title” action, or going to court to make sure a title is free of hindrances that could allow others to stake ownership claims.
Cazort withdrew shortly after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported last month that he applied, Carpenter said.
City Hall advertised the job months after Cazort’s firm ranked second out of the three that responded to a contract opportunity for the same work, public records show. Little Rock did not award the contract.
City Manager Bruce Moore, Mayor Mark Stodola and Carpenter have said the position is a way for the city to more frequently obtain properties that have city liens and develop them for special projects.
Carpenter said filling the post has not been a top priority and that he’s not sure when the city will retain someone for the work.
Cazort’s full-time job is administrator of the Arkansas Crime Information Center’s repository division, which is responsible for maintaining criminal history records.
A message left on Cazort’s cellphone seeking comment was not returned.
3M alters request for land rezoning
Minnesota-based 3M dropped a request to rezone some property near its rock-crushing plant in southeast Little Rock from residential to mining, one week after a city director criticized the company’s explanation for the request.
Little Rock Planning Director Jamie Collins told city directors of the change Tuesday when the board met to set next week’s agenda.
3M had sought to rezone about 100 acres of its property designated for residential use near the