Police Department

The Camden Police Department’s purpose is to improve the quality of life in the City of Camden by providing responsive, efficient, quality public service that promotes the self-sufficiency, well being and prosperity of citizens, employees, business and our community.

The members of this department are also committed to serve, protect and promote a safe community, and we take great pride in keeping our residents and visitors safe by providing professional police services through community partnerships.  They understand that a successful law enforcement organization is one that proactively seeks the community’s help to prevent and solve crime.

The Camden Police Department actively engages the citizens of the community through programs such as a Neighborhood Watch Programs, Citizen Police Academies, and more.

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Fire Department

The Camden Fire Department serves the city of Camden and the surrounding area.

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Code Red Weather Warning

The CodeRed Weather Warning is a unique service that automatically calls citizens in the Camden area in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued y the National Weather Service. This limited CodeRed Weather Warning subscription is available to everyone at no additional cost.

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Water & Sewer

Camden Water Department
Camden Water Department Staff

Camden Water and Wastewater Utilities is an Arkansas based municipally owned customer-oriented organization providing water and wastewater services that meet or exceed industry standards and practices. We provide water to Frenchport Water Association, Wire Road Water Association, Hwy 4 & 24 Water Association, Buena Vista Water Association and Harmony Grove Water Association.

Camden Water Utilities maintains a water treatment plant, a waste-water treatment plant, and employs 24 employees, several who are licensed with the Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

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Public Works

Sam Steelman, Public Works Director
Sam Steelman, Public Works Director

The City of Camden Public Works Department under the supervision of the Director of Public Works is committed to working with the community to advance and continuously improve the citizens of Camden quality of life by being a leader in the development of solutions that both meets the need of the community and places the welfare and safety of the public above all other considerations.

Business Hours

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed for lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Contact Information

City of Camden
Public Works Department
Sam Steelman, Public Works Director
769 Adams Avenue
Office – (870) 837-5570
Fax – (870) 837-5572

Carnes Park Aquatic Facility – (870) 837-5577

Transfer Station – (870) 837-5573

General Information

The City of Camden Public Works Department is comprised of four departments: Central Garage, Parks & Recreation, Sanitation and Street. Each department is crucial to maintaining the daily operations and functions of the City of Camden.

Central Garage Department

Contact Information

Bernard Rice,  Superintendent
Office – (870) 837-5570

The Central Garage staff maintains and provides parts, fuel and labor for all city vehicles including construction equipment, police vehicles, fire trucks, mowers and other city units.

Parks & Recreation Department

Contact Information

Amy Tatum, Parks and Recreation Superintendent
Office – (870) 837-5570
Fax – (870) 837-5572
Email –

The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide, protect and preserve a park system that promotes quality recreation, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Camden community.

Our Mission

To meet the parks and recreational needs of all residents and visitors by providing a safe and diversified park system that encourages community pride, visionary planning and operations and environmental stewardship.

At the City of Camden Parks and Recreation Department, we are in the people business! It is our intent that individuals of all abilities, ages, interests and needs, feel welcome in our programs and our facilities.

Camden Parks and Recreation is poised to become one of the best park systems in southwestern Arkansas. We are constantly adding new programs and upgrading our park system to keep up with the needs of our residents.

We want to be the number one stop for your family’s fun and recreation. If there are any special needs accommodations, you might need in order to participate, please let us know. Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy any (and all) of our parks, paved and natural trails. You may enjoy one of our free movies at “Movies on the River,” a quick game of pick-up basketball, or swim at the Carnes Park Aquatic Facility, or by playing tennis at one of our community tennis courts. Our bet is that you will enjoy it all… Come one, come all, enjoy the fun!!!

General Information

The City of Camden Parks and Recreation Department manages all parks, playgrounds, sports fields, gazebos, overlooks, tennis courts, swimming pool, splash pad, skate park, and picnic facilities — you’re sure to find a park to fit every need.

The City of Camden is dedicated to ensuring the establishment and preservation of community parks. In addition to establishing public lands, the Parks and Recreation Department contributes to recreational programs as well as other city projects.  It’s all part of the City’s dedication to improving the quality of life for the residents of Camden, Arkansas.

City of Camden Parks

  • Carnes Park
  • Ft. Sutherland Park
  • Ivra Clark Park
  • Madison Clifton Mini Park
  • Newspaper Hill
  • Riverfront
  • Sandy Beach Park
  • Stinson Park
  • Van Buren Mini Park
  • Washington Adams Mini Park

As representatives of the people of Camden, the city’s management practices focus on providing an urban forest that is safe, healthy, diverse, and able to provide the greatest benefit to the people, wildlife and environment of our city.

Sanitation Department

Contact Information

Sanitation Superintendent: David Clark
Sanitation/Disposal Supervisor: Hershel Frazier
Phone: (870) 837-5570
Fax: (870) 837-5572

The Sanitation Department provides refuse, recyclables, yard trimming collection and many other related services to the residents of Camden. Each week customers receive the following curb-side service: trash collection, bulk items pickup, tree-limb collection and leaf collection.

The Sanitation Department provides for the collection and processing of commercial and residential waste throughout the City of Camden (excludes East Camden).

The Sanitation Department is responsible for all Sanitation employees, the waste disposal contract, and management of the City’s Transfer Station. Administration of these responsibilities includes the management of all customer service programs including, yard waste collection, commercial and residential waste collections. For information on holiday waste collection schedules, contact the Sanitation Department.

Transfer Station Operation

Contact Information

Phone: (870) 837-5573

The City of Camden operates a Transfer Station for disposal of municipal waste in Camden. Both private haulers and the general public can use the facility for the disposal of municipal waste. Cash, check or approved charge accounts only. No Credit Cards accepted. The Transfer Station provides for efficient and safe handling of waste and refuse for the City of Camden.

Residential Waste

The City of Camden provides residential trash collection to all residences in the city limits. The City is divided into five (5) sections and routes are collected Monday through Friday. Route times for collections begin as early as 7:00 am for trash and yard waste collection. Please have your trash and yard waste out by these times to be collected. If a resident requires a second garbage cart, there is a $7.00 per month charge and the garbage cart must be kept for a minimum of three (3) months. To report a problem with your residential refuse not being picked up, wheels off cart or other Sanitation Department related questions, please click here.

In cases of inclement weather please check the website or local radio station or newspaper for schedule changes. For more information on your scheduled trash pickup day, please contact the Sanitation Department.

Commercial Waste

The City of Camden’s Sanitation Department provides for the collection of commercial trash within the City of Camden.

No person, except a duly authorized agent or employee of the city, shall empty garbage or trash receptacles, or convey or transport garbage or trash on the streets or public thoroughfares of the city, without a written contract with the City.

For more information on Commercial services please contact the Sanitation Department.

Yard Waste Program

Camden offers a weekly (each Wednesday) curbside special pick-up service to residents as an environmentally conscious means for disposing of yard waste. The City collects yard waste in the form of grass, leaves and brush.

Currently a state law bans yard waste from disposal in Arkansas landfills. The City encourages all citizens to participate in some form of yard waste reuse, whether it is this program, back yard composting, or the use of a mulching lawn mower. Properly prepared yard waste, household garbage and recyclable materials will all be collected from single family residences.

If you have any questions about your yard waste collections, please contact the Sanitation Department.

Collection Regulations:

  1. Yard waste and household trash are all collected.
  2. All yard waste must be placed within five (5) feet of the curb. Please do not place yard waste closer than three (3) feet from your trash cart.
  3. All grass clippings and leaves must be bagged. There is no limit on bags that can be placed out at the curb.
  4. All brush must be in a pile and not greater than six (6) feet in length. No limb shall be greater than six (6) inches in diameter or longer than six (6) feet in length.
  5. No paper bags or tied bundles shall weigh more than fifty (50) pounds.
  6. No bag of yard waste shall contain dirt, trash, rocks, flower pots, etc.
  7. All yard waste and brush must be placed at the curb for collection.
  8. This program is limited to the residential sector and does not include commercial accounts, or residents who use dumpsters.

Yard Waste Drop-Off

During spring of each year, many City residents and businesses will prune or cut down vegetation. If the diameter of the vegetation is less than 6 inches you can dispose of them at the City of Camden’s landfill Site. City of Camden residents are able to drop yard waste at no charge during normal operating hours at the Transfer Station.

Bagged Leaves

City residents and businesses are responsible for bagging leaves and placing them curbside for pickup instead of raking them into the street. Debris deposited into the street can clog drains which can result in potential flooding issues.

Additional Services

To schedule a pick-up at your home please contact Public Works.

Special Pick-up Collection: Residential Curbside Service

To arrange for a special pickup at your residence, please call the Public Works main office on Mondays of each week.  Special pickups are generally performed on Wednesdays of each week; however due to unforeseen occurrences, such as storms, et cetera these services may not occur on Wednesdays. In the event of damage from storms and inclement weather, the Special Pickup service may be delayed due to clean up services being performed throughout the city. There is no limit of items for the City of Camden’s Special Pickup Service. The rates for special pickups are as follows: $10.00 for the first ten (10) minutes and .75 cents per minute thereafter and the charges are added to your water bill.

Bulk Household

Includes: Mattress, box spring, chair, couch, love seat, microwave, doll house, large children toys, baby crib, hot tub cover, artificial Christmas tree, baby stroller, luggage, end table, outdoor lawn furniture, sink or tub (excluding cast iron), desk, wood frames or doors (no glass), wooden swing set, and entertainment center.

Excludes: Building/construction/remodeling materials, rail road ties, tree stumps, car seats, cast iron tubs and sinks, cardboard boxes full of debris or packing paper, treated lumber, car engines, carpet, trash bags, and any hazardous materials.

Bulk Metal

Includes: Washer, dryer, dishwasher, trash compactor, bicycles, exercise equipment, hot water heaters, bed frames, box spring (without material), car parts, tables, guttering, tillers, fencing (must be rolled and tied), mailboxes and poles (all concrete must be removed), swing sets, BBQ Grill, lawnmower, weed eaters, and old metal trash cans (must be empty).

Excludes: All Freon appliances and parts. This applies to all units that still have or have had the Freon compressors removed, no exceptions.

Bulk Brush

Includes: Brush and Tree bulk with a maximum of 6 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter. There is a no limit of truck size loads.

Excludes: Sod, sludge, railroad ties, food waste, rock, plastic bags, and dirt.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Place out no more than 12 hours prior to collection.
  2. Items must be placed out by 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection.
  3. Items must be placed within three (3) feet of the curbside, no alleys or side streets please. We will not collect materials directly from inside your home.
  4. Do not place directly under power lines or tree limbs.
  5. Do not place within four (4) feet of stationary structures or any other object or collection materials on the ground.
  6. Please do not block the right-of-way in streets, sidewalks, or in ditch lines.
  7. Please place material on the ground adjacent to the curb.
  8. Only items placed at curbside and scheduled will be removed, we are not responsible for any materials left at curbside not intended for removal or that has not been scheduled.
  9. We are not allowed to drive on to your property, so please be sure to follow guidelines as above.
  10. Residents must sort the three service types – household, metal or limbs/brush. Categories cannot be mixed.

Exemption Program: Disabled Persons

The Camden City Code provides that certain disabled persons meeting uniform requirements, will be provided with house to curb service at the rate for curbside collection service. In order to qualify for the exemption program, a city resident must be able to provide documentation from a qualified physician proving that they are physically handicapped to the extent that they are substantially impaired from being able to transport household garbage and recycling from their residence to the designated place for collection at the curb, street, or alleyway.

There must also be no one residing at that address over the age of twelve (12) years, who would be able to transport such waste from their residence to the designated place for collection.

If you are a resident who qualifies for this service, and if you wish to apply for the program, please contact the Sanitation Department and an application form will be sent to you. If you wish to print out a copy of the application form please click here. You may mail the completed application along with copies of the required documentation, to the address below:

Contact Information

David Clark, Sanitation Superintendent
City of Camden
Attn: Sanitation Department
769 Adams Avenue SW
Camden, AR 71701

After the application is received and has been processed; a City of Camden representative will contact you and inform you of your exemption status.

Download the Application

Street Department

Contact Information

Streets Superintendent: Mike Jeffers
(870) 837-5570

The street department provides services such as paving roads, street maintenance, brush removal, maintenance and repair of storm drainage and sign repair. Through those efforts, the street department will help to improve the quality of life, health and safety for the citizens of the City of Camden.

The City of Camden Street Department provides maintenance for city streets, right-of-way, drainage systems, traffic signals, and sidewalks. Additionally, the Street Department provides new traffic signal, sidewalk, and trail construction utilizing existing City staff, vehicles, and equipment.

The City of Camden’s Street Department manages and maintains all streets, sidewalks, and miles of drainage ditches within the city limits. Additionally, several miles of new trails are under construction.

The Arkansas State Highway (AHTD) maintains state highways and access roads. Highway 7, Highway 79 and Highway 278 are maintained by the state.

Questions or concerns regarding areas maintained by the State of Arkansas can be reported by contacting the local AHTD office by phone at (479) 251-9266.

Contact Information

Phone: (870) 837-5570

Office hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday.
In the event of an after-hours emergency, please call the Police Department at (870) 836-5755. Street Department crew members are on call 24 hours a day to address emergencies. To report street light or traffic light outages, blocked culverts/drainage ditches, overhanging limbs on roadway, tree down blocking roadway, et cetera – click here.

To print out a “Street Light Out” form – click here.

Right-Of-Way Program

This program is responsible for the emergency clean-up of street right-of-way in response to storms, litter control or other extreme situations. Mowing of right-of-ways is required approximately eight (8) times per year, trimming around traffic islands and City maintained right-of-way and other areas are required to be maintained by this program as well.

City residents are required to maintain all forms of vegetation from encroaching into the City’s right-of-way. These items can obstruct the sight of traffic and may cause accidents. If you have a question about any vegetation in the right-of-way, the City of Camden’s Office of Code Enforcement will come and evaluate the situation. A determination will be made if the vegetation is in the City’s right-of-way or if it is the responsibility of the property owner. If the vegetation belongs to the resident, the resident will be required to maintain it.

Vegetation Encroaching on Power Line

Trees, shrubs, hedges, flowers and other forms of vegetation that are near a power line or in a power line are maintained by the power company that provides that service. If you notice any vegetation near or in a power line, please call the service provider with the pole number.

Street Maintenance Program

The Street Maintenance Program, in coordination with the Pavement Project, maintains City streets to ensure the safest possible travel conditions, utilizing the most cost-effective maintenance techniques.

Services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Asphalt Overlays
  • Pot Hole Patching
  • Crack Sealing
  • Street Cut Repairs
  • Gravel Street Maintenance
  • Curb & Gutter Repair /Installation
  • Shoulder Repair
  • Street Sweeping
  • Snow & Ice Removal

In the event of severe weather, all programs within the Street Department are combined in order to implement twenty-four hour shifts. Snow and ice removal and/or storm damage repair is provided throughout the duration of the severe weather event to ensure that the safest possible travel conditions are maintained throughout the City.

Existing asphalt streets within the City limits are on a master schedule to be repaved, resurfaced, and/or receive other necessary maintenance every 15 years. Following this maintenance cycle results in fewer complete street rebuilds, which have a significantly greater cost than asphalt overlay.

If you notice an area of a City street that is in need of improvement, maintenance, or repair, please report it to the Street Department.

Traffic Control & Maintenance Program

This program provides for the installation and maintenance of traffic signals, traffic signs, street markers, and signs for other divisions as warranted by the Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (M.U.T.C.D.). This program also performs traffic studies and traffic counts as needed.

The City of Camden maintains street signs and all traffic signals currently in operation. These include several recent traffic signal installations and upgrades completed since 2010 (others on-going).

The location of new traffic signal projects is determined as warrants are met as specified in the Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (M.U.T.C.D.) and when related street projects are completed. The purpose of a traffic signal installation is to assign vehicle right of way and improve the safety of vehicles and pedestrians in the City.

Upgrades to existing signals include outfitting signal control cabinets with battery backups, and replacing wooden or deteriorated metal poles with galvanized steel poles. The City has all existing traffic signals on the citywide closed loop radio signal system and Windows NT CL Mats Peek operating system. All new installations will include LED signal heads and be on the signal system network.

For more information, questions, or comments please contact the Street Department.

Trail Development

The Trail Development Project provides the manpower and equipment necessary to construct new trails, as designated in the Camden Street Department Master Plan.

This program offers alternative Street Department opportunities for citizens and promotes health and safety by providing connectivity to existing trails and developing a new city-wide trail system for walkers, joggers, and bicyclists.

The City of Camden now offers ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­several miles of paved trails and has identified future trails that will connect parks, neighborhoods and citizens for years to come. Additional information and a map of existing trail locations can be found by viewing the Camden Parks & Recreation Trails Guide.

Questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to the Street Department.

Animal Control

Animal Control is responsible for enforcing the animal control laws and statutes concerning the humane treatment of animals and the city leash laws and vicious dog act.  He operates the City Pound according to the state laws.  Dogs can be adopted from the pound under certain conditions which are described on the Adoption page of this website.  The Animal Control is available for school or community presentations concerning laws and safety when dealing with dogs in the city of Camden.



Download the City Animal Ordinance