Election Dates:
     Primary Election - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
     General Election - Tuesday, November 6, 2018  

            Candidates must be:
                      Resident of the city for at least 6 months
                      Registered voter in the City of Fort Smith
                      At least 21 years of age

                      “Petition” filed with and verified by the City Clerk
                      Must have verified signatures of 50 registered voters
                      “Affidavit to Petition” must be attached to each petition page
                      “Statement of Candidacy” filed with petition
                      $10 Filing Fee

Filing Period:

                      Petition must be filed not less than 75 days nor more than 90 days before the primary election    (15 day filing period)
                      Filing Period:      Wednesday, May 16, 2018 through Thursday, May 31, 2018
                      FILING DEADLINE:  12:00 NOON ~ MAY 31, 2018

Statement of Financial Interest:

                      File with Fort Smith City Clerk

This form can be filed with the candidate petition; however, it must be filed no later than the first Monday following the filing deadline, i.e. Monday, June 4, 2018. 

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Report:

                      File with Sebastian County Clerk

                        10 day Pre-Election Report of Contributions and Expenditures
                        30 day Post-Election Report of Contributions and Expenditures

Additional copies of this form are available on-line www.arkansasethics.com, select “forms & instructions”

General Information:

                      If more than 2 candidates qualify for an office, the names of all such candidates shall appear on the ballot at primary election.
                      If no more than 2 persons qualify as candidate, a primary is not held and the names of the 2 candidates for said position shall be placed upon the ballot at the general election.
                      In any case in which only 1 candidate shall have filed and qualified for said position, or if a candidate receives a clear majority of the votes cast in a primary election, the said candidate shall be declared elected without the necessity of putting their name on the ballot.  

Reference Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated, Title 14, Chapter 48, City Administrator Form of Government.

Any questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s Office, 623 Garrison Avenue, Room 303, 784-2208 or e-mail cityclerk@fortsmithar.gov.

Sherri Gard, City Clerk
Heather Iames, Assistant City Clerk




March 9, 2018

Candidate packets for Mayor and Directors At-Large (Positions 5, 6 & 7) for the City of Fort Smith will be available in the City Clerk’s Office on Monday, March 12, 2018. The City Clerk’s Office is located in the Stephens Building, 623 Garrison Avenue, Room 303.  Candidate packets may be picked up at said location Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each position is for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2019. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the city for at least 6 months, and registered to vote in Fort Smith. Candidates must file a Statement of Candidacy and submit a Petition with the signatures of at least 50 registered voters in Fort Smith. There is a $10 filing fee. Statements of

Candidacy and Petitions must be filed with the City Clerk within the filing period prescribed by law, which is May 16, 2018 through 12:00 Noon on May 31, 2018.

The election dates are as follows:

Ø  Primary election ~ Tuesday, August 14, 2018

      Note: If no more than two (2) candidates file for any position, no primary election will be held.


Ø  General election ~ Tuesday, November 6, 2018

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 784-2208.


Sherri Gard, CMC

City Clerk

City of Fort Smith, Arkansas

479-784-2207  (phone)

479-784-2256  (fax)





City of Fort Smith Open Data

The City of Fort Smith makes the public data generated by City departments available for public use. Anyone can use these data sets to participate in and improve government by conducting research and analysis or creating applications. The data sets are available in a variety of machine-readable formats and are refreshed when new data becomes available. Data is presented by Department.”


Fort Smith's Bicentennial Book Arrives

Fort Smith 3D JacketFort Smith’s Bicentennial Book Arrives. Two years in the making, Bridging Borders & Time—A Bicentennial Portrait of Fort Smith, published to commemorate Fort Smith’s historic bicentennial, arrived in time for Christmas. Bridging Borders & Time is both a history and present-day pictorial chronicle of life in our fascinating and historic southwest city. At a whopping 272 pages, this important coffee-table pictorial book is bursting with more than 250 photographs, many of them custom shot to portray Fort Smith life from myriad perspectives. The City of Fort Smith is proud of this important book and wishes to thank the publisher, Bookhouse Group, for their considerable effort producing this superb publication. Bookhouse Group, a custom book publishing specialist, creates picture books about American cities, commemorative and anniversary books, company histories and others.

warning Warning Issued

Fort Smith residents should use the following guidelines before hiring a contractor:

• Be cautious of anyone asking for money before doing any work.
• Do not pay for any work that is not done or is not finished.
• Ask for references and CALL the references. Ask about quality of work, similarity of the work and the contractor’s willingness to correct deficiencies in the work.
• Be sure the contractor has a business license with the City of Fort Smith.
• Plumbers, electricians and heating/air conditioning contractors must have an additional license from the State of Arkansas.
• Building permits are required on all work to buildings. This includes roof repairs, siding and interior work. Do not let the contractor start working without a building permit and see that he gets all the required inspections from the City Building Department. Call the City Building Department if you have any questions about permits or inspections.
• Always try to get a specific written agreement that specifies the work and how much money will be paid for the work and when the payments will be due.
• The Fort Smith Police Department advises citizens to always be cautious and protect valuables. Keep doors locked and garage doors closed if not present during repairs. Be cautious and attentive to workers asking for access into your home.
• Please call the City offices if you have any questions.

The numbers to call are:

784-2254 City Collections Department
784-2206 City Building (Code Enforcement) Department
709-5141 Fort Smith Police Department

Wally Bailey, Director of Development Services


yieldTips for Yielding to Emergency Vehicles

The Fort Smith Fire Department cautions motorists on how to best help emergency vehicles navigate traffic.

As days grow longer and temperatures get higher, more of us will be enjoying outdoor activities. Unfortunately, spring and summer can mean more emergency calls for our first responders.

The Fort Smith Fire Department reminds us all to “do what’s right and yield to the right.“

Captain Carey “Hootie“ St. Cyr says, “We want motorists to keep their ears alert for the wail or yelp of sirens, and an eye in their rear view mirrors for flashing emergency lights. We also want drivers to know exactly what to do, so we’ve prepared some tips that will hopefully be helpful to all of us.“

These tips apply to emergency vehicles approaching from any direction when lights are flashing, sirens are sounding, or horns are honking.

  1. Pull to the right edge of the road, as much as safely permissible.
  2. If traffic impedes a motorist from pulling to the right edge of the road, pull as far right as safely possible.
  3. Follow any directions given from an emergency vehicle’s loudspeaker.
  4. Do NOT stop abruptly. Use signals, when possible, to communicate your next move.
  5. Do not ever block an intersection. Either stop short of an intersection if an emergency vehicle is traveling across an intersection as you approach, or proceed carefully through the intersection before pulling to the right if the vehicle is behind you.
  6. Sit still until ALL emergency vehicles in your line of sight or range of hearing have passed.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs, Public Affairs Officer for the Fort Smith Police Department says, “Emergency response is a very stressful situation for an officer and first responders. The Fort Smith Police Department’s primary concern in emergency driving situations is the protection of the lives and safety of all citizens and officers. By policy, officers utilizing emergency lights and siren are in direct response to a life-threatening situation, a violent crime in progress, or an officer in distress.“

St. Cyr further explains that emergency vehicles can legally pass through intersections on a red light after they’ve slowed or stopped to make sure lanes are clear. “Emergency vehicles use different techniques to navigate blocked intersection. Don’t ever assume you know which way the vehicle is headed. It’s important to stop safely as soon as possible to give the driver time to assess the situation. Get out of the way if you can.“

“When emergency crews are running toward a citizen in need, we’re trained to get there as quickly as possible, as safely as possible. Seconds matter in situations like this. We know citizens want to help us help others. These tips will go a long way toward keeping all of us safe.“