Meet the Mayor
Welcome to Clarksville. Thank you for your interest in our city. Clarksville is a Great "Life" City. By "Life City" I mean it is a great place to live and raise a family. I am excited about the future of Clarksville and look forward to working with the city council and the citizens of Clarksville to build a strong and healthy community.
We are blessed to live in a city that provides all we need to live a comfortable, healthy and productive life. There are several industries in Clarksville that provide excellent employment opportunities. We have a great public school system as well as a highly ranked four year private university. We have medical facilities and excellent doctors to take care of our health needs. Clarksville has an abundance of recreational opportunities - fishing, boating, floating, water skiing, swimming, hiking, biking, camping and hunting. We are also fortunate to have several playgrounds, ball fields, soccer fields, gyms, indoor walking track, walking trails, bike trails, outdoor water park and an indoor pool. There are opportunities for all regardless of age or abilities.
I am committed to the belief that to be successful as a community, the residents of the community must be involved. I ask the citizens of Clarksville to join me in improving our neighborhoods, schools and our community as a whole. Together the sky is the limit.
The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City and is responsible for the day to day operation of the city. His duties include:
Create a walkable city
Promote Economic Development
Provide transparency in government that encourages citizen participation
Develop an infrastructure to support growth
Promote a Healthy Citizenry through exercise and healthy eating
Promote low impact development
The City Clerk/Treasurer is an elected official, who like the Mayor and Council, works for the citizens. The elected position is combined to fulfill both duties required by the State of Arkansas for a first class municipality.
The Clerk/Treasurer's office is a great source of information for the public, city staff, government agencies, and elected officials. The Clerk is the legal custodian of the city's official records and city seal. These records include but are not limited to: ordinances, resolutions, council agendas, meeting minutes, contracts, agreements, deeds, etc. The Treasurer is responsible for all disbursements of city funds including payroll. The City Clerk/Treasurer is responsible for administering the financial operations of the city and provides the council with monthly financial reports and Budget Comparisons.
The Clerk records the proceedings of the meetings and keeps those records in an electronic archive. All City ordinances and resolutions are signed by the mayor and attested and sealed by the clerk. It is the duty of the Clerk to codify and publicize all ordinances adopted by the City Council. It is the duty of the City Clerk/Treasurer to receive, file, and retain the Financial Disclosure Statements from appointed municipal commissioners and elected officials, including the mayor, aldermen, clerk, treasurer and city attorney. The term of office is for four years.
Barbara Blackard, CMC, CAMC, MMC
Deputy City Clerk
Office Hours Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
205 Walnut Street Clarksville, AR 72830
Duties of the Aldermen/Council Members
- Has management and control of city finances and real and personal property belonging to city
- Adopts a budget by ordinance or resolution for operation of the city by February 1 of each year
- Sets the procedures by ordinance for making purchases that do not exceed the sum of $20,000 Sets the time and place for regular city council meetings. All meetings are open to the public in accordance with the state Freedom of Information Act.
- May override the Mayor's appointment and removal of Department Heads by two-thirds vote of the total membership
- May override the mayor's veto by two-thirds vote.
- Calls for special election in cities of the first class to fill the vacancy of the unexpired mayor's term of office, if the unexpired term is for more than six months. May fill by appointment if unexpired term is less than six months
- Sets the salaries of the mayor, council and other municipal officials. Salaries of officials may be increased during the term, but not decreased during the term of office unless requested by the official
- Alderman cannot serve on a quorum court and the city council at the same time.