Mayor Richard Harris
Welcome to the City of Russellville. Richard Harris is honored to serve as your Mayor and is dedicated to leading the City to deliver services that enhance the quality of life for all who live and work in our City.
In 2019, he took the Office of Mayor with a focus on creating an economic development strategy. Establishing processes to enhance quality of service to the citizens, setting goals for our City, mapping a direction to help us move forward and prosper, and helping Russellville grow and thrive to be a place that every resident will always want to call home have been priorities throughout the Mayor’s first term in office.
As the 15th largest city in Arkansas and the Seat of Pope County, almost 30,000 residents call Russellville home. Mayor Harris led, and continues to lead, the City through the Covid-19 health crisis. Despite the losses we experienced, Russellville remains strong. Our large manufacturing base minimized the pandemic’s impact to our economy. Good fiscal management allowed our City government to come through 2020 in a positive manner. As we round the corner from the pandemic, Russellville is poised to come back better and stronger with a renewed sense of community, confidence, and optimism for the future.
Prior to being elected Mayor, two terms were served on the City Council, representing the citizens of Ward 1. Mayor Harris worked for Entergy at Arkansas Nuclear One, retiring after 32 years of service.
Mayor Harris earned his Bachelors of Science at Henderson State University and his Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Mayor Harris leads with integrity, accountability and long-term thinking. His pledge to the citizens of Russellville, on behalf of his entire staff is, “We must do what we say we are going to do.”
The City of Russellville is organized as a Mayor/Council form of government. The
City Council is the City’s legislative body and consists of eight Council members. The Council sets policy, determines programs and services, and approves the City budget. Mayor Harris is distinguished as the head of the city government and is responsible for implementing policy developed by the Council and managing City operations.
Mayor Harris works with the following departments that provide daily operations and public service which keep Russellville running efficiently.
Planning and Development
Recreation and Parks