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Arkansas Municipal League Presents New Officers at 85th Convention

June 14, 2019


Contact: Mark R. Hayes, Executive Director

Whitnee V. Bullerwell, Deputy Director

Arkansas Municipal League, 501-374-3484

The Arkansas Municipal League at its 85th Convention presented a new slate of officers for the 2019-2020 year. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin was elected president. In his acceptance speech during today’s Awards and New Officers Luncheon, he said he’ll encourage cities and towns across the state to pursue public-private partnerships, which are crucial to better serve our citizens.

“We wouldn’t exist without them,” Perrin said. “We’re in this thing together.”

Perrin said he’d also continue the work of actively recruiting younger generations to be more engaged in local governance and to run for municipal office.

Other officers elected for 2019-2020 include Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter, first vice president; Fairfield Bay Mayor Paul Wellenberger, District 1 vice president; Wrightsville Council Member A.C. Loring, District 2 vice president; Siloam Springs Mayor John Mark Turner, District 3 vice president; and Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann, District 4 vice president. 

More than 1,300 city and town leaders from across Arkansas attended the 85th Convention, where they adopted the League’s policies and goals for the upcoming year.

The Convention featured general sessions and a variety of workshops covering topics of municipal interest, including an overview of the 92nd General Assembly of the Arkansas Legislature, utilizing the new Opportunity Zones to promote economic development, medical marijuana from an employer’s perspective, and more. The Convention also offered three hours of the League’s Certified Continuing Education program for municipal officials.

City and town leaders also enjoyed a lively and motivational presentation by internationally renowned speaker, Dr. Rick Rigsby, on 21st Century leadership and making an impact in their hometowns.

The Arkansas Municipal League is a service and advocacy organization for the municipalities of Arkansas. The League offers its programs and services to 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