Crossett Mayor Crystal Marshall has announced her plans to run in the August 11 special mayoral election.
Marshall has brought initiative, dedication and a proven ability to bring people together as a team since her election to the Crossett City Council in 2016, according to a news release announcing her candidacy.
“If elected, I will continue to serve the city with the same enthusiasm, creativity, and focus on teamwork that you have seen me demonstrate while serving on the City Council, as president pro tempore, and as mayor,” she said. “While not born in southeast Arkansas, Crossett is my home for whatever time I have left on this earth and I am fully invested in the future of our town.”
Marshall earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Missouri Southern State University, where she was part of several foreign study programs, including studies in Finland and Chile. Her expertise led her to corporate Wal-Mart, where she honed her skills over ten years in the company’s information systems department. While there, Marshall was the team leader of more than 100 people in several multi-million dollar international projects. She brings this extensive experience in project management, resource management, budgeting, system design and problem solving to her work in Crossett city government. Working with a large team to achieve a global effort is what she does best.
Marshall’s corporate career prepared her well for the last four years as she has worked on behalf of Crossett to gain certification as a Certified Municipal Official with the Arkansas Municipal League. Working directly with Crossett’s late Mayor Scott McCormick on multiple city projects, she implemented city employee raises and revamped city organization to maximize local government efficiency. Her active involvement in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has been instrumental in positive changes for Crossett’s citizens. Marshall championed the Youth Center Rehabilitation project, was a key player in the city pool rehabilitation and bringing disc golf to Crossett, and has been a fixture in working on various other park improvement projects.
Mayor Marshall’s close working relationship with the Arkansas Municipal League has allowed her to closely advocate for Crossett and ensure the city’s compliance with municipal laws while remaining current on challenges facing municipalities across Arkansas. Her active work with the state leaders includes leading the local COVID-19 Task Force.
She serves her community as a member of the FUMC finance committee, is chairman of the Century Next Bank Advisory Board of Directors, treasurer of Junior Auxiliary, and is an active volunteer in the Crossett School District. Marshall has logged many volunteer hours in projects across the community. She especially is honored to sponsor and work with Special Olympics, Level UP, and Crossett High School’s Project Graduation. As an owner of Marshall Crude Oil, a family owned and operated business in Crossett, she also deeply understands the challenges of small businesses at this critical time.
Mayor Marshall and her husband Courtney have twin daughters and are members of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett.