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Camden is the county seat of Ouachita County and is located in south-central Arkansas on the Gulf Coastal Plain, about fifty miles north of Louisiana. Since it began life as Ecore a Fabre, a French trading post, its history has been closely tied to the Ouachita River. At the head of practical navigation, Camden was the “Queen City” of the Ouachita during the steamboat era. In 1864, it became the unintended focus of a major Civil War effort called the Red River Campaign, resulting in several significant battles. With the development of railroads, Camden was able to exploit its rich timberlands and remain an important transportation hub. Camden has also been important in both industry and education. Politically, Camden has had tremendous influence, producing three governors as well as three powerful senators. As one of Arkansas' most historic towns, the city attracts considerable heritage tourism. Camden is home to two major events: the Daffodil Festival in the spring and the BPW Barn Sale, south Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show, in the fall.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Julian Lott
City Clerk Donna Stewart
Assistant To Mayor Amy Perrin
District Judge Phillip Foster
City Attorney Michael Frey
Police Chief Boyd Woody
Fire Chief Ronald Nash
Director Of Public Works Shamir Dorsey
Sanitation Superintendent David Clark
Street Superintendent Mike Jeffers
Water Superintendent David Richardson
Code Enforcement Officer Travis Daniel
Acting Official Ronald Nash
City Treasurer Jim Green
Council Member Chris Aregood
Council Member Lawrence "Joe" Askew
Council Member James Bell
Council Member Irene Galbert
Council Member L.E. Lindsey
Council Member Marvin Moore
Council Member H.D. "Chip" Simmons, Jr.
Council Member Terrie Smith

City Facts

County: Ouachita

Population: 12,183

Senate District: 12,27

House Districts: 5,6,7

Congressional District: 4

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

P.O. Box 278
CAMDEN, AR 71711

Phone: (870) 836-6436

Fax: (870) 836-3359

Second Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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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.