The Arkansas Municipal League at its 83rd Convention presented a new slate of officers for the 2017-2018 year. Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse was elected president. In his acceptance speech during today’s Awards and New Officers Luncheon, he said he believed that, working together, cities and towns can face any challenge that comes their way.
“Let’s work together as we always have, let’s work with our legislators, work with the League, and have a great year—not for us, but for the State of Arkansas and the residents of Arkansas,” Sprouse said.
Other officers elected for 2017-2018 include North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, first vice president; Mountain Home Mayor Joe Dillard, District 1 vice president; North Little Rock Alderman Debi Ross, District 2 vice president; Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, District 3 vice president; and Lamar Mayor Jerry Boen, District 4 vice president.
More than 1,300 city and town leaders from across Arkansas attended the 83rd Convention, where they adopted the League’s agenda for the upcoming year. Among the resolutions the League adopted, members voted to continue support for the federal Marketplace Fairness and Remote Transactions Parity Act and to press for similar legislation at the state level to ensure proper assessment and collection of sales tax.
“Anything we can do to bring more money into Arkansas, we need to concentrate on,” said League Executive Director Don Zimmerman during today’s annual business meeting. “Arkansas is not one of the wealthiest states, but there’s no reason we can’t be.”
The Convention also offered a session of the League’s Certified Continuing Education program for municipal officials and a variety of workshops covering topics of municipal interest, information security and data recovery, preparing for the 2020 Census, creating a safe workplace, crisis management, and more.
The Arkansas Municipal League is a service and advocacy organization for the municipalities of Arkansas. The League offers its programs and services to all 500 cities and towns in the state and was created to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation. To learn more, please visit www.arml.org.
une 16, 2017
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Contact: Don Zimmerman, Executive Director
Whitnee V. Bullerwell, Communications Director
Arkansas Municipal League, 501-374-3484
The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose: