Mayor David Mattingly today announced a change to the cityâ€™s organization. Lamont Cornwell, the Director of Economic and Community Development is retiring effective September 5, 2014. He will be taking on a new challenge. He will become the Executive Director of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation.
â€śLamont has been an important part of Bentonâ€™s success over the past 4 years,â€ť said Mattingly, â€śand I am going to miss his daily presence, but I know he is not leaving our city, he is going to be working for all the citizens of Saline County.â€ť
During Mayor Mattinglyâ€™s tenure in office, Cornwell has worked to help make the dreams of an event center, a widened and more traffic-friendly Military Road corridor, and a retail shopping center become realities. His consensus building has led to out-of-state developers, local companies and inter-departmental groups all work together to make things happen.
Cornwell came to the city after being a state legislator, a small business owner and a utility executive but more than that he came with a passion to make a difference in his home town. He has always desired a better way of life for citizens of Benton.