A local mayor was chosen to help head the district municipal league during a recent election of new officers at the Arkansas Municipal League’s 82nd convention.

Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter was elected as the Arkansas Municipal League District 4 vice president for the 2016-2017 year.

"It’s a nice recognition from my peers of municipal leaders from throughout the state to be elected to represent them," Baxter said."

Baxter served on the AML Executive Committee from 2014 to the present and on the AML Cash Management Trust-Pension Management Trust-Municipal Other Post Employment Benefits Trust Board of Trustees from 2012-2014.

Baxter’s first meeting as the District 4 vice president will be at the August planning meeting for the executive committee, he said. The group will plan upcoming activities, he said.

Other officers elected for 2016-2017 include Stephens Mayor Harry Brown, president; Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse, first vice president; Marianna Mayor Jimmy Williams, District 1 vice president; Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs, District 2 vice president; and Fort Smith Vice Mayor Kevin Settle, District 3 vice president.

More than 1,300 city and town leaders from across Arkansas attended the convention, where they adopted the League’s agenda for the upcoming year.

Among the resolutions the League adopted, members voted to renew support for the Marketplace Fairness and Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 currently being considered by Congress, to call for the Arkansas General Assembly to increase the cap on millage local governments may assess to fund local police and fire pension plans, and to seek an increase in the annual appropriation for funding historical rehabilitation income tax credits.

The League’s membership also adopted a resolution to include protections for cities and towns within the provisions of S.J.R. 16 of 2015 should voters elect to pass Issue 3 in November’s General Election.

A session of the League’s Certified Continuing Education program for municipal officials and a variety of workshops covering topics of municipal interest, including police-community relations, annexation and zoning laws, emergency preparedness and creation of diversity in the workplace, was offered during the convention.

Created to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation, the AML has a voluntary membership comprised of all 500 cities and towns in the state. To learn more, please visit www.arml.org.