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The first store that is known to have opened in Searcy is the one of John Howerton and his Wife. They came to the site of todays Searcy back in 1836. Apart from managing the store, they also had a little inn. Soon after them came "Uncle Billy" Jones who opened a grocery store and M.M. Morris who operated the county's first steam mill and the towns second blacksmith shop.
Searcy got its name on November 23rd 1837 as it was appointed county seat.
Two creeks, Gin and Deener, empty out in Little Red River and this point got the name "Searcy Landing" after the first steamboat docked there in 1849. The very same year the first school opened in Searcy. It was called the"Polytechnic institute, Incorporated".
And, in 1851 Searcy got its own boot shop when W.B. Carter migrated from Virginia.
When Stephen Brundidge Sr came to Searcy he brought with him a brick-making machine. He used clay from the riverbank and started to build brick buildings, some of which still stands today. The first doctor to come to Searcy was James C. Holland and this was in 1853.
At the outbreak of the Civil war Searcy had a population of 700. Federal troops, 20,000 people, camped on just the other side of Little Red River at one point during the Civil War.
During World War II Searcy's population increased dramatically. From 3,670 in 1940 to over 5,000 in 1950

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Mat Faulkner
Clerk/Treasurer Jerry Morris
Assistant To Mayor Lillie Cook
City Attorney William Moore
Police Chief Steve Hernandez
Fire Chief Brian Dunavan
Sanitation Superintendent (Vacant)
Street Superintendent Sam Watson
City Engineer Mark Lane
Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Webb
Airport Manager Roger Pearson
Information Technology Director Steven Gifford
Parks, Recreation Director Michael Parsons
Council Member Nick Beard
Council Member Dale Brewer
Council Member Rodger Cargile
Council Member Mike Chalenburg
Council Member Tonia Hale
Council Member Chris Howell
Council Member Brett Kirkman
Council Member David Morris
Council Member Don Raney
Human Resources Director Kim Gordon

City Facts

County: White

Population: 22,937

Senate Districts: 23,28,29

House District: 45,46

Congressional District: 2

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

401 W. Arch Ave.
SEARCY, AR 72143

Phone: (501) 268-2483

Fax: (501) 268-2401

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Web Site: Official Web Site


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