J. E. Jess Sweere of Maumelle recently announced his candidacy for Maumelle City Attorney. Sweere, a Director in the firm Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., practices primarily in the areas of labor, employment, transportation and municipal law.

He joins Alderman Caleb Norris, who has already declared and current City Attorney JaNan Davis has said she will not seek the now full-time position.

Sweere is the long-time Chair of the Academics Plus Charter School Board of Trustees, and is a founder and Director of the Maumelle Foundation for Education, Inc., a charity dedicated to supporting Academics Plus.

"I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to serve the City of Maumelle in this capacity," Sweere said in a release. "JaNan Davis has left very big shoes to fill, as she did such a tremendous job representing the citizens of Maumelle as City Attorney for so many years. However, I have enjoyed representing the City of Maumelle in employment-related and civil service matters since 2010, and I look forward to being able to serve as the City Attorney."

A Conway-native, Sweere earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas. While in the midst of a 23-year career in the transportation industry, he and his family made their home in Maumelle in 2001. At that time, Sweere attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in the evenings while also operating a freight terminal full-time.

Sweere entered the private practice of law after graduating from law school with honors in 2005. He was named the UALR Law Review Member of the Year for 2004-2005, and he has been named a Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" each year since 2011. He is an active member of the Maumelle Rotary Club, the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association and the Arkansas Bar Association. Sweere also serves as the Chair of the Labor and Human Resources Committee for the Transportation Lawyers Association, an international legal organization for attorneys who represent the transportation industry.

Sweere and his wife of 22 years, Misti, are the proud parents of four children. Misti is a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the Jess Odom Community Center in Maumelle. The oldest children, David and Charlotte, are students at the University of Arkansas, and David is also an Airman in the Arkansas Air National Guard. Younger siblings Sally and Bobby are both students at Academics Plus Charter High School in Maumelle. The Sweere family has been very active over the years in Maumelle community sports programs, the Maumelle Youth Council and the First United Methodist Church of Maumelle.