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Batesville, City of Hospitality, is located on the white river and has a population of over 9 000. Batesville has natural resources such as water, minerals and timber.

The land where today's Batesville is located was taken by the US government in 1808 and the city was founded in 1821 which makes Batesville Arkansas' second oldest City. The City's name was at first Napoleon, then Poke and also Creek before it got the name Batesville after Judge James Woodson Bates, who was the first Territorial Delegate to Congress. In the early years of Batesvilles existence the mayor trade was that of supplying the settlers with groceries and provisions. The settlers manely "paid" with hides and furs from the numerous wild animals in the area.

Batesville was made county seat in 1821 and on November 19th the same year the first court of common please was held. And in 1822 the first post office was established. "Waverly� was the first steamboat to visit Batesville on January 3rd, 1831.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Rick Elumbaugh
Clerk/treasurer Denise Johnston
Assistant To Mayor Jennifer Corter
District Judge Chaney Taylor
City Attorney Timothy Meitzen
Police Chief Alan Cockrill
Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn
Loss Control Director Chris Cash
Sanitation Superintendent Marty Thompson
Street Superintendent Johnny Coles
City Engineer Damon Johnson
Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure
Airport Manager Darren Wilkes
Parks, Recreation Director Jeff Owens
Cemetery Johnny Abbott
Council Member Chris Beller
Council Member Thomas Bryant
Council Member Sonya Crafton
Council Member Margaret Henley
Council Member Paige Hubbard
Council Member Douglas Matthews
Council Member Chris Poole
Council Member David Shetron

City Facts

County: Independence

Population: 10,248

Senate District: 19

House District: 63

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

500 E. Main St.

Phone: (870) 698-2400

Fax: (870) 698-2406

Second and Fourth Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: info@cityofbatesville.com

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  • to act as the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments;
  • to provide a clearinghouse for information and answers; and,
  • to offer a forum for discussion and sharing of mutual concerns.