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Police Department first in state to use Rave Facility


Dispatchers from the Benton Police Department will have the capability to immediately view the location of individuals during emergency calls when in a geo-fenced city-owned property, as well as precisely locating utility shut-offs, Automated External Defibrillators, and other critical informatio...

Committees for Finance, Personnel/Health & Safety, and Streets & Drainage meet back-to-back


Three city committees met back-to-back on the evening of August 15 and covered everything from permit fees to fireworks to subdivision streets. The Finance Committee met at 5:45 p.m. with Council member Jerry Ponder, chair, calling the meeting to order. Police Chief Scotty Hodges told the comm...

Review of City Council Meeting, August 14


The city council faced an agenda filled with four ordinances, three resolutions, a service award and the swearing-in of a new police chief. The full council was present for the meeting with no absent members. After approving the minutes from the July 24 regular meeting of the council, District...

Veteran officer Scotty Hodges named new Benton Police Chief


The Benton Police Department is proud to announce that Scotty Hodges, a 21-year veteran of the department, was officially named and sworn in as the department Police Chief on Monday. “I am very honored to be placed in this position,” Chief Hodges said. "This is an exciting...

City council passes 11 ordinances and 7 resolutions


The Benton City Council met at 7 p.m. on July 24, faced with one of the groups longest agendas in recent months. In total, eleven ordinances and seven resolutions were passed. Additionally, three employees were recognized for ten years of service to the city. Jennifer Picklesimer of the Police De...

Finance Committee hears grant money, retirement plans


The Finance Committee met on July 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor's Conference Room at the Benton Municipal Complex. After the establishment of a quorum and recognition of attendees, the committee faced six items on the agenda. The committee approved a motion to seek council approval to wa...

Committee will present resolution regarding pavilion to honor former alderman


A motion to seek a resolution to name the main pavilion at Ralph Bunche Park after a former city alderman passed the initial step during the Community Services/Animal Control meeting on Tuesday, July 11. Members of the committee voted unanimously to send a resolution to the July 24 full city coun...

Council confirms new member, other issues


The city council met at 7 p.m. on June 26 facing a short, but important agenda. Council members present for the meeting were Frank Baptist, Kerry Murphy, Evelyn Reed, Bill Donnor, Jerry Ponder, Judd Hart, James Herzfeld and Jeff Hamm. Alderman Steve Lee was absent. Resolution 58 of 2017 w...

Personnel Committee interviews candidates for open council seat


Members of the city council listened as Human Resources Manager Kathy Kirk questioned seven candidates during individual interviews for the open Ward 2, Position 1 seat on the evening of June 22. The candidates responded to advertisements for the seat and completed documentation require...

Mayor Mattingly announces he will not run for a third term


Mayor David Mattingly announced today that he will not be seeking a third term in the General Election to be held in November 2018.  There are sixteen months remaining in his second term, and he intends to dedicate the necessary time and effort to see the completion of several projects, ...

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