Gov. Mike Beebe has been invited to a ceremony in Little Rock where he will unveil four of the 10 new hybrid police cars purchased by the City of Arkadelphia. Mark Kizer, general manager of Mett-T in Little Rock, said Thursday that a brief ceremony will be held next Friday, where Beebe is expected to show. “He has been invited,” Kizer said. “It is a green project for a police department, so he was very interested (in attending).”

Gov. Mike Beebe has been invited to a ceremony in Little Rock where he will unveil four of the 10 new hybrid police cars purchased by the City of Arkadelphia. Mark Kizer, general manager of Mett-T in Little Rock, said Thursday that a brief ceremony will be held next Friday, where Beebe is expected to show. “He has been invited,” Kizer said. “It is a green project for a police department, so he was very interested (in attending).”
Also expected to be in attendance is Sen. Percy Malone and Sen. Shane Broadway (D-Broadway), as well as Arkadelphia City Manager Jimmy Bolt and Arkadelphia Police Chief Al Harris, along with other city officials.
Kizer said keys to the cars will be presented to Bolt and Harris at the event.
The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors voted in July 2008 to purchase the cars, the first hybrid police fleet in the state. It was a step directors took to become an energy-conscious city.
Each of the 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrids cost $31,617. Bolt estimated that the fleet would save the city $300,000 over a seven-year span, because the cars will use less energy and fuel to operate.
Bolt is expected to show one of the cars outside Town Hall before tonight’s regular City Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.