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Malvern was laid out in 1870 by the railroad Cairo & Fulton. And only eight years later in 1878 Malvern took over the role as County seat of Hot Springs County from Rockport. At this time the residents of Hot Springs County were Native Americans, Hunters and trappers, farmers and a couple of criminals from the other side of the MIssissippi.The first businesses in Malvern were dry goods stores, a ten cents store and a saloon. Due to some shootings in the Malvern Saloon the town got a reputation of being rough and unpleasant but Malvern still managed to grow. The area had natural resources like wood and minerals. The Residents of Malvern also made a living off of manufacturing and livestock.
Malvern is named after Malvern Hills in Virginia.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Brenda Weldon
Clerk/treasurer Phyllis Dial
Assistant To Mayor Dede Riggan
District Judge Emily White
City Attorney Cecilia Ashcraft
Police Chief Donnie Taber
Fire Chief Jeremy Harper
Director Of Public Works Chris Brewster
Sanitation Superintendent Carl Wheatley
Street Superintendent Michael Smith, Jr.
Water Superintendent David Coston
Wastewater Superintendent Chuck Davis
Code Enforcement Officer Chat Hart
Information Technology Director Robin Halbert
Communications Director John Ragland
Council Member Lynn Bailey Davis
Council Member David Cross
Council Member Mary Fraction
Council Member Matthew Keenan
Council Member Peggy Lusinger
Council Member Wayne Reynolds
Council Member Larry Stiles
Human Resources Director Donna Placker

City Facts

County: Hot Spring

Population: 10,318

Senate District: 13

House District: 26

Congressional District: 4

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

305 Locust

Phone: (501) 332-3638

Fax: (501) 332-7680

Second Monday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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