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West Memphis

The part of Memphis that is located west of the Mississippi River is called West Memphis and is a town of its own. It was mapped out in 1884 by the Vance brothers, whom one of later became the postmaster of West Memphis. In 1885 the population was already 200 and by 1888 the town had three stores. Jack Bragg, a man who came to the area in 1904 builded the Brag Mill in West Memphis. He was in the lumber industry and had realized that eastern Arkansas had natural resources like timber, and the new railroads and the Mississippi solved transportation problems. The mill, and the houses around it were generaly called Bragg, after its owner but in the beginning of the 20th century the town started to be called West Memphis, because it was believed that this would make it possible to take higher prices for the timber.
West Memphis was incorporated in 1923 and in 1955 the close-by town of Hulbert, that was a railroad center, became a part of West memphis.
Today west Memphis has a population of about 28,000 people.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor William H. Johnson
City Clerk Phillip Para
Treasurer Frank Martin
Personnel Director Dewayne Douglas
District Judge Fred Thorne
City Attorney David Peeples
Police Chief Donald Oaks
Fire Chief Wayne Gately
Director Of Public Works Phillip Sorrell
Sanitation Superintendent Leroy Turner
Street Superintendent Odell Slaughter
Water Superintendent Josh Grabowski
Code Enforcement Officer Mike Antel
Parks, Recreation Director Lorenzo Parker
Alderman Tracy Catt
Alderman Herman Coleman
Alderman James Holt, Sr.
Alderman Melanie Hutchinson
Alderman Marco McClendon
Alderman Willis Mondy
Alderman James Pulliaum
Alderman Lorraine Robinson
Alderman Ramona Taylor
Alderman Taz Tyrone

City Facts

County: Crittenden

Population: 26,245

Senate District: 24

House District: 50,51

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 1728
WEST MEMPHIS, AR 72303

Phone: (870) 732-7500

Fax: (870) 732-7650

Meetings:
First and Third Thursday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: cgreenwood@citywm.com

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Arkansas Municipal League
Our Mission

The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose:

  • 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.