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West Memphis

The part of Memphis that is located west of the Mississippi River is called West Memphis and is a town of its own. It was mapped out in 1884 by the Vance brothers, whom one of later became the postmaster of West Memphis. In 1885 the population was already 200 and by 1888 the town had three stores. Jack Bragg, a man who came to the area in 1904 builded the Brag Mill in West Memphis. He was in the lumber industry and had realized that eastern Arkansas had natural resources like timber, and the new railroads and the Mississippi solved transportation problems. The mill, and the houses around it were generaly called Bragg, after its owner but in the beginning of the 20th century the town started to be called West Memphis, because it was believed that this would make it possible to take higher prices for the timber.
West Memphis was incorporated in 1923 and in 1955 the close-by town of Hulbert, that was a railroad center, became a part of West memphis.
Today west Memphis has a population of about 28,000 people.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Marco McClendon
City Clerk Patricia Joplin
Assistant To Mayor Dorothy Taylor
District Judge Fred Thorne
City Attorney Michael Stephenson
Police Chief Robbin Campbell, Jr.
Fire Chief Barry Ealy
Sanitation Superintendent Robbie Amos
Sanitation Superintendent Arthur Jackson
Street Superintendent Odell Slaughter
Water Superintendent Michael Lamb
Wastewater Superintendent Michael Lamb
City Engineer Amanda Hicks
Code Enforcement Officer George Phillips
Parks, Recreation Director Lorenzo Parker
Chief Of Staff Steve Jones
City Treasurer Charlie Suiter, Jr.
Council Member Gheric Bruce
Council Member Tracy Catt
Council Member Wayne Croom
Council Member Helen Harris
Council Member James Holt, Sr.
Council Member Melanie Hutchinson
Council Member Lorraine Mohammed
Council Member Willis Mondy
Council Member David Murray
Council Member Charles Wheeless
Emergency Management Director DeWayne Rose
Finance Director Tori Perry
Human Resources Director (Vacant)

City Facts

County: Crittenden

Population: 24,520

Senate District: 24

House District: 50,51

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

P.O. Box 1728

Phone: (870) 732-7500

Fax: (870) 732-7650

First and Third Thursday


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