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Before Hernando De Soto, in 1541, arrived to the site where todays Marianna is located the area had been home to Native Americans for ages. And after the Spanish had been there the French explorers Marquette and Jolliet also traveled in the area of Marianna.
Marianna's first residents were pioneers, that had come from the Mississippi, up the St Francis and settled when they realized the natural resources of the area and how good it was located. The initial property of Marianna was provided by John Harland who named the town after his daughter. The town was founded in 1870.
Marianna is famous for being the resting place of a John Patterson, the first white child to be born in the state of Arkansas.
Marianna today has a population of about 5,900 people.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Jimmy Williams
Clerk/treasurer Kim Miles
District Judge Durwood King
City Attorney Roy Lewellen
Police Chief Martin Wilson
Fire Chief Terry Sandefer
Sanitation Superintendent William Pippenger, III
Street Superintendent William Pippenger, III
Water Superintendent Alton Yancey
Code Enforcement Officer Doug Kennedy
Council Member Martin Chaffin
Council Member Lela Coleman
Council Member Johnny Evans
Council Member Loye Free
Council Member O.L. Hightower
Council Member Millie Hill
Council Member Mike Spath
Council Member Otha Westbrook

City Facts

County: Lee

Population: 4,115

Senate District: 24

House District: 48

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

35 S. Poplar St.

Phone: (870) 295-3813

Fax: (870) 295-5726

Second Tuesday

Email: cityofmarianna@yahoo.com

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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.