Phillip Crego

Phillip Crego

JONESBORO — Phillip Crego, who served as Jonesboro’s city attorney for 20 years, died Tuesday in a local hospital, Bill Campbell, the city’s communications director, disclosed.

Crego, 64, who became the first full-time city attorney for Jonesboro, served from 1995 through 2014.

Current City Attorney Carol Duncan, who served as assistant city attorney under Crego for 10 years, said Crego was both a mentor and a friend.

Already a veteran attorney before taking the assistant’s position, “I wasn’t a veteran in city government. He taught me most everything I knew about city government. My heart goes out to his family.”

Donna Jackson, who served as city clerk during most of Crego’s tenure, said Crego did everything he could to help his fellow officials comply with the law.

“He was just a good person all the way around. Like all of us, he had his flaws, but who doesn’t?” Jackson said. “In my opinion, Phillip was top notch. You couldn’t do much better than Phillip Crego.”

Duncan said Crego truly loved the city attorney’s duties.

“He told me his favorite thing about being city attorney was every day was a new day,” Duncan said. “There was never a dull moment. Because it wasn’t like other practices of law where you kind of got in the monotony of doing the same thing day after day.

“With the city there was always something new and exciting and different that you might research or be getting involved in, and he really loved that about it. He got to do a little criminal work with the prosecuting, and he still got to do just all kinds of different types of things. He loved to solve problems and he really was always just concerned with making Jonesboro as good as it can be and he really was proud of it.”

In his retirement, Crego divided his time between homes n Jonesboro and Cherokee Village, where he enjoyed the outdoors and shopping for antiques.

“Besides his three kids, I would say his blues music was his life’s love,” Duncan said.

Crego is survived by two adult sons and one grown daughter.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced.