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Fort Smith

Fort Smith used to be the wild west of Arkansas. Fort Smith was originally a military outpost that had as its main goal to stop the Cherokee Indians and the Osage Indians to go to war against one another, since the Cherokee had been forced into the Osage' land. The first fort was founded on christmas day 1817. The actual fort was abandoned in 1824 and not re-occupied until 1838 but in the time being a small town was building up around the fort. The second fort of Fort Smith was built in the 1840's because of the fear of that indians would go to war against the settlers in Arkansas. The fort was also used for storage and as a outpost for military expeditions, adventurers and gold seekers. After the civil war Fort Smith started to loose its importance and in 1871 the forts were abandoned but instead the US Court for the western district of Arkansas was moved from Van Buren to Fort Smith. One year later the one of the forts came into use again, but not for military. Instead it was used as a court room and a jail.
Today Fort Smith is a City of over 200 000 people.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor George McGill
City Clerk Sherri Gard
City Administrator Carl Geffken
Financial Director Jennifer Walker
District Judge Ben Beland
District Judge Claire Borengasser
District Judge Jim O'Hern
City Attorney Jerry Canfield
Police Chief Nathaniel Clark
Fire Chief Philip Christensen
Sanitation Superintendent Kyle Foreman
City Engineer Stan Snodgrass
Code Enforcement Officer Shawn Gard
Transit Director Ken Savage
Director Of Community Development Wally Bailey
Information Technology Director Russell Gibson
Utility Manager Jerry Walters
Parks, Recreation Director Doug Reinert
City Director George Catsavis
City Director Robyn Dawson
City Director Andre Good
City Director Keith Lau
City Director Mike Lorenz
City Director Neal Martin
City Director Kevin Settle
Deputy City Manager/admin. Jeff Dingman
Human Resource Director Rick Lolley

City Facts

County: Sebastian

Population: 86,209

Senate District: 8,9

House Districts: 21,75,76,77,78,79

Congressional District: 3

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
623 Garrison Ave.
FORT SMITH, AR 72901

Phone: (479) 784-2201

Fax: (479) 784-2430

Meetings:
First and Third Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: administration@fortsmithar.gov

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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.