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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 Don Still
City Manager JR Wilson, Jr.
City Clerk Natashia Riley-Davis
City Attorney Randall Wright
Police Chief Kimberly Tomlin
Fire Chief Todd Martin
Sanitation Superintendent Nathaniel Holyfield
Street Superintendent Kenneth Harvel
Wastewater Superintendent Scott Ross
Building Inspector Carl Conley
Code Enforcement Officer Dorsey Askew
Geographic Information Systems Director Darrell Allen
Information Technology Director Darrell Allen
Information Technology Director Jeff Campbell
Parks, Recreation Director Summer Powell
City Director Linda Clark
City Director Trevor Coffee
City Director Reginald Easter
City Director Steve Montgomery
City Director Mark Ross
City Director Kiffinea Talley
Finance Director Cindy Clark
Human Resources Director Amber Murr

City Facts

County: Hempstead

Population: 8,952

Senate District: 10

House District: 3

Congressional District: 4

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

P.O. Box 667
HOPE, AR 71802

Phone: (870) 777-6701

Fax: (870) 722-2579

First and Third Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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