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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Done your background checks?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Big hubbub in Jacksonville this week. The Leader has the details.

Jacksonville Parks and Recreation director George Biggs resigned Tuesday after city officials learned that he is a convicted felon and had an extra-marital affair during work hours in the last 18 months.

“All I can say is that Mr. Biggs has tendered his resignation as parks department director,” Mayor Tommy Swaim said Tuesday, following an investigation of allegations that Biggs had served prison time in the early 1990s for killing a man in Texarkana, Texas.

On June 21, 1991, a jury found Biggs guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of a man he believed was romantically involved with his wife, from whom he was separated. Biggs was 29.

Biggs is a church deacon and led the city's recent formation of its first charter school. He's also a member of the Arkansas Governor's Council on Fitness. For the moment.

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