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Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

When elected to Board and years served

01-01-2009- Present

Term Expires 2020


Retired English Teacher
Apartment Owner


B.S.E. Henderson State University Arkadelphia, Arkansas
M.Ed. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Post Grad Hrs. ETU, Texarkana

Current Council/Intergovernmental Assignments

Solid Waste Management Committee
Employees Retirement System Committee
Economic Development Committee

Priorities as Councilmember

To make city government more transparent
To make city hall more user-friendly
To improve economic development
To work to retain existing business and attract new ones
To change opressive city codes that discourage development
To keep taxes low
To be responsive to the needs of Ward 1 residents first and to the residents of greater Texarkana next

Areas of Special Interest

Economic Development
Street Improvements

How To Contact


City Of Texarkana, Arkansas
P. O. Box 2711
Texarkana, AR 75504


870-774-1330 Home


Ruth Penney Bell