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May 07

Running for public office in Springdale

Posted to Newsletter by Melissa Reeves

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Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Running for public office in Springdale

There are many ways to serve your community, such as volunteering with a local nonprofit, serving on a City board or commission, or working as a City employee. But for some, there is a call to serve as an elected official.

There are 12 elected positions in the City of Springdale, not including the Springdale School Board. 

There are many things you have to consider when running for office. If you're interested in running for local office, please see the Arkansas Secretary of State's candidate handbook and the Springdale Code of Ordinances for candidate qualifications. You can find links to these on our website at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/598/Voter-Information.

If you meet the minimum qualifications as established by law and you are interested in running for any of the elected offices in the City of Springdale, the first step is to pick up a packet from the Springdale City Clerk's Office, located at 201 Spring St.

The packet includes a list of current open positions, filing directions, applicable dates and deadlines, and filing documents. For 2018, this packet will be available to pick up from the City Clerk's Office in June. 

The municipal filing period begins July 27 and ends Aug. 17 at noon. It's important to complete and turn in the appropriate documents by the applicable deadlines. 

If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk's Office at 750-8518.

Additional information for candidates is available from the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office.

If you decide you want to start putting up political signs around the city, please remember that there are rules regarding these signs that you must follow in Springdale. Political signs must be on private property and they must be removed no later than three days after the election. There are no limitations on size or number of signs. If you have any questions about political signs, please call the Building Department at 750-8154.

About your local government elected officials

Mayor 

The Mayor serves a four-year term with no term limit. The elected Mayor is designated as the head of the City government and is responsible for implementing policy formulated by the Council and managing City operations. 

The Mayor is also an ex-officio member of the City Council, and can bring items forward for a vote at City Council. He or she can also vote at City Council meetings, in some cases. The Mayor can vote when there is a tie, he or she can be the fifth vote to pass a resolution or ordinance, and he or she can become a voting member of the Council in order to establish a quorum.

For more information about the Springdale Mayor, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/316/Mayors-Office.

City Council 
The City Council is the City's legislative body and consists of eight council members serving four-year terms with no term limits. Two council members are elected in each of Springdale's four wards by city voters and are directly responsible to the people. Every two years, four City Council seats (one from each ward) are up for election citywide.

The Council sets policy by passing ordinances and resolutions, determines programs, services and their priorities, and approves the City budget.

For more information about Springdale City Council, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/376/City-Council.

City Attorney, City Clerk, and the State District Court Judge
Each serve four-year terms with no term limits. The City Attorney and City Clerk are elected by the residents of Springdale. The State District Court Judge is elected in a countywide vote.
For more information about these elected officials, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/397/Elected-Officials.

2018 Election
In 2018, the following City offices will be on the ballot for the general election in November:

  • City Attorney
  • City Council position 1, ward 1
  • City Council position 1, ward 2
  • City Council position 1, ward 3
  • City Council position 1, ward 4

To learn more about these positions, or to find your ward, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/397/Elected-Officials.

Please contact your county election commission and the Springdale School District to learn more about the requirements, dates, deadlines, and duties of the Springdale School Board.

Interested in learning about the Springdale School Board?

Please contact your county election commission and the Springdale School District to learn more about the requirements, dates, deadlines, and duties of the Springdale School Board.

Quick Fact
While the City of Springdale and the Springdale School District often work together, they are in fact separate entities. School district employees and property are under the auspices of the state, but they must still comply with City codes.
Dec 21

Jeffrey VerHoeven - 2017

Posted to Springdale City Attorney's Office Justice Award by Melissa Reeves

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Officer Jeffrey VerHoeven is the recipient of the 2017 City Attorney Justice Award.  Officer VerHoeven graduated from College of the Ozarks with a degree in Criminal Justice.  He began his career at the Springdale Police Department on June 7, 2015.  Officer VerHoeven currently serves on the Crime Suppression Unit in addition to his duties as a patrol officer.  Officer VerHoeven has distinguished himself from other officers by being proactive in his duties as an officer and discussing the case with prosecutors prior to trial in an effort to enhance his testimony.  He also makes sure the prosecutors have all information necessary to convict the defendants he arrests.  Recently Officer VerHoeven presented the City Attorney's Office with numerous reports of graffiti on a particular defendant that had damaged property in Springdale, as well as other communities in the area, which helped in the prosecution of that case.