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Mena is located in between Fort Smith and Texarkana. It was built in 1896 as a railway station for west/central Arkansas. It was founded by a railway company promoter named Arthur Stilwell and the name Mena was his wife's nickname. Mena was a real wild west town with roads of dirt and wodden buildings and saloons. Thanks to the railroad Mena became a natural trading point and that allowed the town to grow. But when a lot of the train traffic started going via Heavener, Oklahoma, in 1910, the railroad industry declined and would never be as big as it once was. Passenger trains stopped going all together in 1969 Mena started looking towards small businesses to bring employment to the town. Today Aalfs, United States Electrical Motors and street & performance are the three largest job providers in Mena that has a population of 5,600 people.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Seth Smith
Clerk/treasurer Linda Rexroad
Assistant To Mayor Becky Horton
District Judge Danny Thrailkill
City Attorney Patrick McDaniel
Police Chief Tommy Stueart
Fire Chief Steve Egger
Street Superintendent Aaron Rice
Water Superintendent Charles Pitman
Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Wolfenbarger
Animal Control Loren Burdon
Parks, Recreation Director John Stubbs
Council Member Andy Brown
Council Member Dwight Douglas
Council Member Ed Gibson
Council Member Mary Alice Head
Council Member Terri Neugent
Council Member James Earl Turner

City Facts

County: Polk

Population: 5,737

Senate District: 10

House District: 20,21

Congressional District: 4

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

520 Mena St.
MENA, AR 71953

Phone: (479) 394-4585

Fax: (479) 394-5411

Second Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: mena1896@sbcglobal.net

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Our Mission

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  • to act as the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments;
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