Mayor Mike Watson has been elected vice president of the 500-member Arkansas Municipal League.
During the organization’s 78th convention earlier this summer in Hot Springs, Watson and four other mayors were elected vice presidents.
Camden Mayor Chris Claybaker was elected president, while Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree was elected first vice president.
Watson will represent the organization’s second district as VP. Other officers elected for 2012-2013 include Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, District 1 vice president; Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse, District 3 vice president; and Stephens Mayor Harry Brown, District 4 vice president.
"It is an honor to be elected," Watson said. "All 500 municipalities in Arkansas are members of the League and for me to be chosen as an officer from all of those elected officials is truly a great honor for me. I am looking forward to serving with my fellow officers and on the executive committee of the Municipal League.
"As the chief policy-making body of the league, the executive committee serves as a sort of ‘convention in continuous session,’ adopting policies for the organization in between annual meetings and directing the work of the executive director. I had previously served on First Class Cities Advisory Council and the Workers’ Compensation Trust board of trustees, but as an officer, I will more involved in helping to set the direction and policies of the league.
"With the upcoming 2013 Arkansas Legislative session, the league will be very involved in bills and legislation that could impact municipalities and their operations in a positive or negative way. I am looking forward to the interaction with the state senators and representatives regarding this important legislation."
The Arkansas Municipal League is headquartered in North Little Rock beside Dickey-Stephens Park.
Watson also is chairman of Metroplan, Central Arkansas’ planning organization that serves as a financial entity to receive grants and federal and state grants for implementing regional planning.
Watson, a longtime surveyor and Maumelle Planning Commission member and chairman, was first elected mayor in 2006. His current four-year term ends on Dec. 31, 2014, but he has not publicly said yet whether he will seek a third term.