Arrington was elected to the city council in 1969, which was called the Atlanta Board of Aldermen at the time. He served as the president for 17 years from 1981 to 1997.
During his service on the City Council, Arrington introduced legislation to support federal prohibitions against housing discrimination and he ensured aggressive enforcement of state and federal housing laws designated to stabilize transitional neighborhoods. Arrington spearheaded Atlanta’s efforts to include minority-owned banks as equal partners with other participating banks. He also initiated measures to require that all city council and standing committee meetings be recorded and kept on file by the city clerk.
Caption: City Council President Arrington At Butler YMCA