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Biography of Lioneld Jordan

First elected to Mayor in November of 2008, and then re-elected in November of 2012, Lioneld Jordan is serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Fayetteville.  He previously served as Vice Mayor for four years and eight years as Alderman from Ward Four, instituting the monthly ward meetings that serve as the model for his Town Hall Meetings as Mayor.  Lioneld’s priority projects for his first term include developing a comprehensive economic development program focused on Green Jobs that pay a living wage, providing open government that encourages citizen participation, effectively managing the city budget and enhancing the quality of life in Fayetteville by supporting sustainable development, environmental protection, a vibrant arts community, affordable housing, and alternative transportation.

Mayor Jordan is currently serving on the Community Development and Housing Committee and the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee of the United States Conference of Mayors.  He was appointed in 2012 to serve a two-year term on the Arkansas Municipal League’s Advisory Council for Public Safety.

During his service as a member of the Fayetteville City Council, Lioneld chaired the Street Committee and was an advocate for improved city streets with sidewalks and bike lanes and for funding the expansion of our multi-use trails system.  He also served eight years on the Water and Sewer Committee, where he was a strong voice for lower income and elderly citizens in reforming utility rates.  His outstanding environmental record earned him the Arkansas Sierra Club’s Award for Outstanding Local Government Official in 2003 and repeat recognition in 2008.  Honors also include the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Advocate of the Year Award and the 2012 NWA Media’s Best of the Best Award for being the Best Ambassador for Fayetteville.

A native Arkansan, Lioneld Jordan was born October 13, 1953, in Fayetteville, the fourth generation of a pioneer family who came to Arkansas in 1866. He and Diana Tice were married on March 27, 1976, and they have made their home on Arrowhead Street in Fayetteville for over 30 years, where together they raised four children: Amanda, married to Luke Spoon; Jonathan, married to Sherry Fahrmann Jordan; Megan, married to Matt Chronister, and Katiann, married to Justin Grove. Diana and Lioneld have five grandchildren, Kayleigh, Easton, Lilly, Lois Grace and Robert Luke.

Before his election as Mayor, Lioneld worked 27 years for the University of Arkansas on the staff of the Facilities Management Department, where he was a Zone Supervisor and earned the institution’s Diversity Certificate for his efforts to increase inclusiveness on campus. In his position with the University, Lioneld had many opportunities to develop and utilize his leadership skills. He formerly served as Vice President of the University of Arkansas Staff Senate, President of AFSCME Local 965, and President of the Northwest Arkansas Labor Council, advocating the interests of working families and leading significant community service projects. 

During his tenure as Mayor, Fayetteville passed the State’s first low-impact development Ordinance, State’s first energy efficient residential building code, and State’s first Streamside Protection Ordinance; as well as instituted the State’s First Solar Bio-Solids Drying Facility.  Fayetteville became the first city in Arkansas to become a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Community Habitat and the first city in the State to receive the American Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Conservationist of the Year Award.  Also during his Mayoral tenure, Fayetteville has received honors as a Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year for four years in a row, Kiplinger’s No. 5 in Best Cities for Mid-Career professionals, CNN Money’s No. 13 in Best Places to Launch Small Business Startups, Forbes Top 20 in Best Places for Business and Careers for three years in a row, Natural Resources Defense Council No.6 in Smarter Cities project 2009, CNN Money’s No. 15 in Best Places to Retire, Relocate America’s Top 100 Places to Live in the United States, Southern Growth Policies Board’s Innovator of the Year Award, Business Week’s Best Small Cities for Startups, League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community, Milken Institute’s Best performing Cities on Job Creation, Forbes No. 2 in Best Cities for Recession Recovery, Area Development Magazine’s Top 100 Leading Locations for 2011, Forbes No. 7 Top College Sports Towns, Arbor Day Foundation Tree City designations, ARPA Natural Resources Program of the Year, Farmland Trust America’s No. 1 Farmers Market in the Nation, Arkansas Business Cities of Distinction Awards, the Center for Digital Government’s No. 7 Digital Cities of the Year 2011, and the Governor’s Work-Life Balance Award for the City of Fayetteville.