Mayor Kary Story
Kay Lynn Bennett
410 N. Marr / P.O. Box 896
Phone number 870-892-3924
Pocahontas Arkansas is a First Class City with a population of about 6,200. The city
has a Mayor-Council form of government. The regular council meetings are the second
Tuesday of every month at 6:00 P.M.
Legislative Duties of the Mayor:
- In all municipalities in Arkansas, the mayor presides over the meetings of the council
in cities and towns with mayor / council form of government. The mayor may vote when the
mayor's vote is needed to pass any ordinance, by law, resolution, or motion.
- After the passage of an ordinance setting the procedure for special council meetings,
the mayor has the authority to call the council into session for a special meeting.
- The mayor is required to sign all ordinances, resolutions, and city council minutes.
- If provided by council rules, the mayor may introduce ordinances and resolutions and
- The mayor in cities and towns with the mayor / council form of government may veto and
ordinance, resolution, or order adopted by the council. Councils may override the veto by
two-thirds vote of the total membership of the council.
Administrative Duties of the Mayor.
|Mayors of cities and towns with mayor / council form of government are required to
prepare and submit a budget to the city council for approval on or before December 1 of
|All mayors of cities of the first class must submit to the city council within 60 days
after the end of each fiscal year a complete report on the financial and administrative
activities of the city during the previous fiscal year. (State of the city report)|
|The mayor administers the day-to-day activities and supervises the city department heads
The Mayor's duties of Appointment and Removal.
Mayors of cities of the first class without civil service have the absolute right to
appoint the police chief, fire chief, and all department heads. The council has no say in
Unless otherwise provided by state law, mayors in all cities with the mayor / council
form of government have the power to appoint and remove department heads. (City councils
have the authority to override the mayor's action by two-thirds votes of all members.)
The Mayor may appoint:
- Board of library trustees
- Board of plumbing inspectors
- A plumbing inspector
- A health officer
- Airport commission
- Parks and recreations commission
The mayor of a first class city with mayor / council form of government with non -
civil service fire and police departments may suspend the fire or police chief for
inefficiency, misconduct, or neglect of duty until the next meeting of the city council.
At that meeting, the mayor shall lay the matter before the council. Unless his action is
approved and the chief is removed from office at the meeting within 5 days thereafter, by
a majority vote of the council-elect, the suspension shall cease.