GOVERNMENT

Form of Government

The City of Camden, Arkansas is chartered under the Statues of the State of Arkansas and is organized under the Mayor-Aldermanic form of government.  This form of government combines a citizen policy making council with a Mayor administrator to assure efficient and responsible conduct of community affairs.  Also, this form of government is designed to be more responsive to citizens’ concerns.

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Mayor’s Office

Mayor Trissollini
Mayor Marie Trissollini

The Mayor is Chief Executive Officer of the city and Conservator of its peace.   Accordingly, the Mayor has and exercises the power conferred on Sheriffs, within the city limits, to suppress disorder and keep the peace.

Mayor Marie Trisollini was elected Mayor in November 2014. She is the first woman to be elected by the voters to serve as the Mayor of Camden.  Mayor Trisollini supports the recruitment of new business, the continued growth of established businesses, and the revitalization of Camden’s commercial areas.

Contact Info

Marie Trisollini, Mayor
870-837-5500
mayor@explorecamden.com

206 Van Buren St.
Camden, AR 71701

 

Assistant to the Mayor - Amy Wright Perrin
Amy Wright Perrin
Assistant to the Mayor
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Rose Moore
Rose Moore
Administrative Assistant
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Lee Williams
Mechanical Engineer

City Council

The Mayor presides over Board Meetings and votes on matters to prevent a tie. The Mayor also has veto power; however, the Board may override the veto with a 2/3’s majority.

Eight Board members (Aldermen) determine all matters of policy affecting your city government.

ORDINANCE – As the local Legislative Body, the City Board develops and enacts laws to serve the citizens of the community. Ordinances are actions by the Board which have the force of law.

RESOLUTION – When the Board wishes to set forth an official position on any matter, a Resolution is adopted.

VOTING – Except in the few extraordinary matters specifically set forth by law, only a simple majority vote of the Board is required to act on any matter.  In case of a vote on a proposed ordinance a roll call of all members is required.  In other cases a voice vote is usually conducted.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m., Council Chamber of the Municipal Building.

Terms

Members are elected for 2-year terms.

City Council Members

Ward 1
Danny Glaze
L.E. Lindsey

Ward 2
Lawrance “Joe” Askew
Harry “Chip” Simmons Jr.

Ward 3
Marvin Moore
Irene Galbert

Ward 4
Terrie Smith
Chris Aregood


City Clerk

The City Clerk’s office maintains all official records of the city; responds to citizen requests; receives candidate and initiative petitions and coordinates city elections; records the proceedings of Council meetings; provides guidance to departments in drafting of resolutions and ordinances; codifies and publishes city ordinances; performs other duties/responsibilities as directed by the Mayor and City Council. The primary purpose of this department is to 1) deliver quality essential services in a cost effective, timely manner; and 2) help make City government more accessible by keeping citizens better informed of the effectiveness of City services.

Contact Info

Donna Stewart, City Clerk
870-836-6436
cityclerk@explorecamden.com

Address:
206 Van Buren St.
Camden, AR 71701


City Treasurer

John Green, City Treasurer
Jim Green, City Treasurer

The City Treasurer keeps all financial records of the City and reports the daily transactions to the Board of Aldermen/Alderwomen on quarterly bases.

Contact Info

Jim Green, City Treasurer
870-836-6436
citytreasurer@explorecamden.com

Janice Bastress, Bookkeeper
870-836-6436

Address:
206 Van Buren St.
Camden, AR 71701

Janice Bastress, Bookkeeper
Janice Bastress
Bookkeeper


City Attorney

The City Attorney is present to give legal advice.

Contact Info

Michael Frey, City Attorney
870-836-0481
cityattorney@explorecamden.com

Address:
117 Jefferson SW
Camden, AR 71701


Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement
Travis Daniel, Building Inspector

Our Mission

The mission of Code Enforcement is to enforce the codes of the City of Camden in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community, and, where violations occur, to work with our citizens to achieve compliance through an efficient and fair process.

The Importance of Code Compliance

  • Protect the safety and welfare of the City of Camden residents
  • Maintain and increase property values
  • Reduce vandalism
  • Bolster maintenance and continued development in the city

Simply stated, code compliance is for the common good. These rules and regulations have been enacted by the city to help ensure attractive neighborhoods, vibrant businesses, and a peaceful and enjoyable community for everyone.

Kathy Horton, Code Enforcement
Kathy Horton, Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Divisions

  • Code Compliance
  • Building inspections
  • Community Development
  • Zoning and Planning
  • Floodplain

Downloads

Download Building Permit ApplicationDownload Building Permit Application

Download Business License ApplicationDownload Business License Application

Contact Info

Travis Daniels, Building Inspector-Code Enforcement Officer
870-837-5508
codeenforcement@explorecamden.com

Kathy Horton, Deputy Code Enforcement Officer
870-837-5576
codeenforcement@explorecamden.com

Address:
206 Van Buren St.
Camden, AR 71701


Board & Commissions

In addition to the city officers, the City of Camden utilizes various boards and committees to oversee different areas of the city.

 

ADVERTISING AND TOURIST PROMOTION COMMISSION

Advertising and Promotion Commission is funded by a 1% tax on gross receipts received by restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, delicatessens, drive-in restaurants, carry out restaurant, concession stands, convenience stores, grocery store restaurant and similar businesses from the sale of prepared food and beverages for on or off-site consumption.

Also a 3% tax is added on gross receipts from leasing or otherwise furnishing hotel, motel or short-term condominium rental or party room facilities for profit.

The Tax will be reported and collected by individual establishments and sent to the A&P Commission on a monthly basis.

The penalty for failure to report or pay taxes is equal to 5% of the unpaid amount per month not to exceed a total assessment of 35% of the unpaid tax.

The fund from this tax can be used for the following:

  • Advertising and promoting the city and it environs through various forms.
  • Construction, reconstruction, extension, improvement, maintenance and operation of a convention center or tourist promotion center.
  • Operation of tourist-oriented facilities including theme parks and family entertainment facilities.
  • Construction, reconstruction, extension, improvement, maintenance and operation of public recreation facilities.

The funds can not be used for:

  • General capital improvements within the city
  • Cost associated with general operation of the city
  • General subsidy of any civic groups or the Chamber of Commerce

Seven individual members make up the A&P Commission:

  • 4 must be owners or managers of businesses in the tourism industry, at least 3 of those shall be owners or managers of hotel, motels, or restaurant
  • 2 members shall be from the governing body of the city
  • 1 member shall be from the public at large who must reside within the city limits
  • All Commission members are selected by the City Council.
  • Members serve 4 year terms

Meeting Schedule

Meets the Last Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM in the City Municipal Building

Commision Members

Clara Freeland
At-Large
3064 Roseman Road
Phone:  836.0023

Allen D. Dawson
Restaurant/Hospitality
618 Washington NW
Phone:  870-836-7277

Michael L. Tidwell
Restaurant/Hospitality
1445 Forest View Drive
Phone:  870-836-3388

VACANT
Restaurant/Hospitality

Tim Wilson
Restaurant/Hospitality
130 Lakeside Drive
Phone: 870-836-9148

CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

Chip Simmons
630 Clifton
Phone: 225-772-2178

Irene Galbert
762 Lincoln Drive
Phone:  870-836-8258

 

AIRPORT COMMISSION

The Airport Commission shall have full and complete authority to manage and operate the Camden Municipal Airport.

The Airport Commission consist of five members serving 5 year terms appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by a three-fourths vote of the City Board of Aldermen. The Mayor, upon confirmation by a vote of three-fourths of the members of the Board of Aldermen, may appoint up to five ex-officio members of the Airport Commission, with the Mayor being one of the five ex-officio members without further action by the Mayor or the Board of Aldermen. All ex-officio members shall be entitled to attend the Airport Commission meetings and voice their opinions but shall have no vote.

Meeting Schedule

Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 11:30 AM

Commision Members

Phillip R. McBride, Chairman
935 Memory Lane
Phone: 870-836-5115

Britt Williford, Ouachita County Clerk
886 Ouachita 43
Work: 870-837-2220

Tim Wilson
130 Lakeside
Phone: 80-836-9148
Email: sonictx130@yahoo.com

Andrew Dawson
Phone: 870-836-5952

James Welch
2410 Maul Rd.
Phone:

Mayor Marie Trisollini, Ex-Officio

Michael Frey, City Attorney
117 Jefferson
Phone: 870-836-0481

Kyle Gatling, Ex-Officio
662 Clifton St.
Phone:

 

Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment 

The general purpose of the Planning Commission is to prepare or have prepared a plan or plans of the municipality, to receive and make recommendations on public and private proposals for development, to prepare and administer planning regulations, to prepare and transmit to the legislative body recommended ordinances implementing plans, and to advise and counsel the city government and other public bodies. The planning Commissioners have the duty and function of promoting public interest in and understanding of the long-term coordinated municipal planning.

Meeting Schedule

3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM – Council Chambers

Board Members

Note: 4-Year Terms

Ben Wooten
Utility
2740 Mimosa
Phone: 870-833-0773

Teresia Thompson
Real Estate
797 California
Phone: 870-837-1400

Willie Cooper
Layman
544 Louisiana Street
Phone: 870-231-4035

Wade Lester
Real Estate
#7 Judah Lane
Phone: 870-833-1133

Alan Dean
Contractor
2845 Fairview Rd
phone: 870-836-8353

Manpreet Singh Kang
Real Estate
2600 Laticana
phone: 870-818-1676

 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

The Board of Civil Service commissions shall prescribe, amend and enforce rules and regulations governing the Fire and Police Department of the City of Camden. These rules shall provide:

  1. For the qualifications of each applicant for appointment to any position on the Police and Fire Department.
  2. For open competitive examination to test the relative fitness of applicants for such positions.
  3. For public advertisement of all examinations by publication of notice in a newspaper having bona fide circulation in the City of Camden and by posting notice at the City Hall at least 10 days before the date of said examinations.
  4. For the creation of eligible lists for each rank of employment is said departments in which shall be entered the names of successful candidates in order of their standing in the examination.
  5. For the rejection of candidates of eligible who fail to comply with reasonable requirements of the Board in regard to age, sex, physical condition or who has been guilty of a felony, or who has attempted fraud or deception in connection with the examination.
  6. For certification to the Department head of the three standing highest on the eligibility list for appointment for that rank of service.
  7. For a period of probation of not to exceed twelve months before any appointment is complete and six months before any promotion is complete, during which period the probationer may be discharged, in case of appointment, or reduced in case of promotion, by the Chief of the Police or of the Fire Department.
  8. For temporary employees without examination with the consent of the Commission, in cases of emergency, and pending appointment from the eligible list.
  9. For promotion based upon competitive examinations of efficiency, character and conduct.
  10. For suspension for not longer then 30 days, and for leave of absence.
  11. For discharge or reduction in rank or compensation after promotion or appointment is complete.
  12. For the adoption and amendment of rules after public notice and hearing.
  13. For the preparation of a record of all hearings and other proceedings before it.

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Meeting Schedule

This board meets as called.

Commision Members

Note: 6-Year Terms

Ben Garner, Chairman
1675 W. Washington
Phone: 870-231-5991

Janice Davis-White
594 Brookridge Drive
HomePhone: 870-836-7206

Ricky Parham
1126 Fabre Avenue
Home: 870-836-8458

Rudie Galbert
762 Lincoln Drive
Phone: 870-836-8258

 

KEEP CAMDEN BEAUTIFUL

The mission of the Keep Camden Beautiful Committee is to inspire the people of Camden to take action every day that improves and beautifies the city.

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Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday @ 6:00PM – What’s Cookin’

Commision Members

Note: 4-Year Terms

Kevin Crane, Chairman
113 S. Adams

Diane Betts
710 W. Washington

George Betts
710 W. Washington

Sharon Epke

 

Housing Authority

Contact Information

Central Offices: 870-836-9309
After Hours and Weekends: 870-836-0155
Ivory Heights Office: 870-836-5040
Community Center: 870-836-8649
Lincoln Center Office: 870-836-8467
Carver Courts Office: 870-836-3366
Police Substation: 870-836-6494

In addition to having all powers necessary to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of the Housing Authorities Act, the following powers are also granted:

  1. Powers of Authority. An Authority shall constitute a public body corporate and politic, exercising exclusively public and essential government functions, and having all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and previsions of the Housing Authorities Act, including the following powers in addition to others herein granted:
    1. To sue and to be sued; to have a seal and to alter the same at pleasure; to have perpetual succession; to make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers of the Authority; and to make from time to time amend and repeal bylaws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the Housing Authorities Act to carry into the powers and purposes of the Authority.
    2. Within its area of operation: to prepare, carry out, acquire, lease and operate housing projects; to provide for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, alteration or repair of any housing project or any part thereof.
    3. To arrange or contract for the furnishing by any person or agency, public or private, of services, privileges, works or facilities for, or in connection with, a housing project or occupants thereof; and (notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act, housing Authority Act, or in any other provisions of law) to include in any contract let in connection with a project, stipulations requiring that the contractor and any subcontractors comply with requirements as to minimum wages and maximum hours of labor, and comply with any conditions which the Federal Government may have attached to its financial aid of the project.
    4. To lease or rent any dwellings, houses, accommodations, lands, building, structures or facilities embraced in any housing project and (subject to the limitations contained in this Act, Housing Authorities Act) to establish and revise the rents of charges thereof; to own, hold, and improve real or personal property; to purchase, lease, obtain options upon, acquire by gift, grant, bequest, devise, or otherwise any real or personal property or any interest therein, to acquire by the exercise of the power of eminent domain any real property; to sell, lease, exchange, transfer, assign, pledge or dispose of any real or personal property or any interest therein; to insure or provide for the insurance of any real or personal property or operations of the Authority against any risk or hazards; to procure insurance of guarantees from the Federal Government of the payment of any debts or parts thereof (whether or not incurred by said Authority) secured by mortgages on any property included in any of its housing projects.
    5. To invest any funds held in reserves of sinking funds, or any funds not required for immediate disbursement, in property or securities in which savings banks may legally invest funds subject to their control; to purchase its bonds at a price not more then the principal amount thereof and accrued interest, all bonds so purchased to be canceled.
    6. Within its area of operation: to investigate into living, dwelling and housing conditions and into the means and methods of improving such conditions; to determine where slum areas exist or where there is a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary dwelling accommodations for persons of low income; to make studies and recommendations relating to the problem of clearing, replanning and reconstruction slum area, and the problem of providing dwelling accommodations for persons of low income, and to cooperate with the city, the county, the State of any political subdivision thereof in action taken in connection with such problems; and to engage in research, studies and experimentation of the subject of housing.
    7. Acting through the Housing Authority Board; to conduct examinations and investigations and to hear testimony and take proof under oath at public and private hearings on any matter material for its information; to administer oaths, issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses of the production of books and papers and to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses who are outside of the State or unable to attend before the Authority, or excused from attendance; to make available to appropriate agencies (including those charged with the duty of abating or requiring the correction of nuisances or like conditions, or of demolishing unsafe or unsanitary structures within its area of operation) its findings and recommendations with regard to any building or property where conditions exist which are dangerous to the public health, morals, safety or welfare.
    8. To exercise all or any part of combinations of powers herein granted.
  2. No provision of law with respect to the acquisition, operation, or disposition of property by other public bodies shall be applicable to any authority unless the legislature shall specifically so state.

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Meeting Schedule

This Board meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:15 PM

Commission Members

Note: 5-Year Terms

J. Paul Hardwick, Chairman
3090 Cherokee

Dr. Reginald Cooper, Vice-Chairman
745 Lincoln Drive

Tessa Wilson
139 Ouachita 497

Alvernon McHenry
1241 Cuba Circle

Sarah Louise Baker
Housing Authority Resident

James R. Coleman, Executive Director

 

WATER & SEWER

Contact Information

Camden Water Utilities
Main Office: 870-836-7331

Meeting Schedule

3rd Tuesday @ 10:30 AM – Council Chambers

Commision Members

Note: 8-Year Terms

James Morgan, Chairman
566 Berg Avenue
Phone: 870-836-6083

Clara Manely
769 Scales
Phone: 870-836-9439

James Sullivan
1490 Country Club Road
Phone: 870-833-2001

Russell Delezen
965 Memory Lane NW
Phone: 870-836-8353

Rudie Galbert
762 Lincoln Drive
Phone: 870-818-3128