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Hope

James M. Loughborough was a railroad entrepreneur and he had a Daughter named Hope. So when he founded a town in southern Arkansas in 1875 he named it after his daughter. Hopes first public school was opened in 1880 and was in use until 1908 And in 1886 Professor Henry Clay Yerger started teaching African American children. This made Hope the first town west of the Mississippi to educate the African American population. Ever since the 20's Hope, has been an important stop on the railroad and in transportation in general. Hope is also known for its watermelons, that, at least according to the people of Hope,a re the largest and best tasting in the world.
Hope, Arkansas, is maybe best known for being the birth town of President Bill Clinton.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Steve Montgomery
City Manager Catherine Cook
City Clerk Connie Lavender
Financial Director Debbie Hall
District Judge Tony Yocom
City Attorney Joe Short
Fire Chief Dale Glanton
Director Of Public Works Larry York
Sanitation Superintendent Nathaniel Holyfield
Street Superintendent Tim Blue
Wastewater Superintendent Bobby Arney
Building Inspector Carl Conley
Code Enforcement Officer Dorsey Askew
Geographic Information Systems Director Darrell Allen
Parks, Recreation Director Paul Henley
City Director William Coffee
City Director Reginald Easter
City Director Don Hall
City Director Mark Ross
City Director Don Still
City Director Kiffinea Talley
Deputy City Manager/admin. JR Wilson, Jr.
Human Resource Director Theresa Fields

City Facts

County: Hempstead

Population: 10,095

Senate District: 10

House District: 3

Congressional District: 4

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 667
HOPE, AR 71802

Phone: (870) 777-6701

Fax: (870) 722-2579

Meetings:
First and Third Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: hopehr@hopearkansas.net

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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.