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First settled around 1832, Jacksonville is named for Nicholas and Elizabeth Jackson, landowners who deeded the land to the Cairo & Fulton Railroad for railroad right-of-way in 1870. The community evolved from the settlement surrounding the railroad depot, eventually incorporating in 1941.
In 1955, a major military installation, the Little Rock Air Force Base, was built and the town began to blossom and has continued to do so. The base, which is home to the world's largest C-130 training program, is open for group tours, with prior arrangement.
The town is home to the Jacksonville Military History Museum, which spans the town's military history from the Civil War to Vietnam. You can take in more history at Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town's annual fall celebration, the Wing Ding Festival, is held in early October.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Jeff Elmore
Clerk/Treasurer Susan Davitt
Assistant To Mayor Michelle Lewis
District Judge Rita Bailey
City Attorney Stephanie Friedman
Police Chief Brett Hibbs
Fire Chief Alan Laughy
Director Of Public Works Adam Whitlow
Sanitation Superintendent Jonathan Collins
Street Superintendent Paul Southerland
Water Superintendent Jake Short
Wastewater Superintendent Thea Hughes
Wastewater Utility Super. Paul Richards
City Engineer (Vacant)
Code Enforcement Officer Marissa Barger
Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Wright
Director Of Community Development Benita Ingram
Information Technology Director Emily Osment
Parks, Recreation Director Kevin House
Communications Director Tabby Hughes
Council Member James Bolden
Council Member Mike Dietz
Council Member Joy Kinman
Council Member Barbara Mashburn
Council Member Kevin McCleary
Council Member Richard Moss
Council Member Rose Rains
Council Member Reedie Ray
Council Member Terry Sansing
Council Member Mary Twitty
Finance Director Cheryl Erkel
Human Resources Director Charlette Nelson

City Facts

County: Pulaski

Population: 29,477

Senate Districts: 29,30,34

House Districts: 37,40,41,42,43

Congressional Districts: 1,2

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

P.O. Box 126

Phone: (501) 982-3146

Fax: (501) 985-0168

First and Third Thursday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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