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Jacksonville

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 Bob Johnson
Clerk/treasurer Susan Davitt
Assistant To Mayor Michelle Lewis
Financial Director Cheryl Erkel
District Judge Rita Bailey
City Attorney Stephanie Friedman
Police Chief Brett Hibbs
Fire Chief Alan Laughy
Director Of Public Works Jimmy Oakley
Sanitation Superintendent Randy Watkins
Street Superintendent Hal Toney
Water Superintendent Jake Short
Wastewater Superintendent Thea Hughes
City Engineer (Vacant)
Code Enforcement Officer Kelly Smiley
Director Of Community Development Theresa Watson
Economic Development Director Courtney Dunn
Information Technology Director Scott Rothlisberger
Parks, Recreation Director Kevin House
Council Member James Bolden
Council Member Les Collins
Council Member Mike Dietz
Council Member Barbara Mashburn
Council Member Reedie Ray
Council Member Terry Sansing
Council Member Tara Smith
Council Member Mike Traylor
Council Member Mary Twitty
Human Resources Director Charlette Nelson

City Facts

County: Pulaski

Population: 28,364

Senate Districts: 29,30,34

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

Congressional Districts: 1,2

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 126
JACKSONVILLE, AR 72078

Phone: (501) 982-3181

Fax: (501) 985-0168

Meetings:
First and Third Thursday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: rjohnson@cityofjacksonville.net

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