Chuck Clawson has announced his intention to run for re-election as Conway City Attorney.
Clawson has served Conway as its City Attorney since 2013. He and his wife, Shawn, live in Conway with their four sons.
His parents, Ed and Donna Clawson, and two brothers, Spencer and Grant, also reside in Conway.
Clawson said: “Conway is my home, it is where I choose to raise my family. My roots run deep in Conway. I want to make sure the people of Conway have a City Attorney who has a vested interest in this community.
"The people deserve a City Attorney who was raised here, who watches his kids play sports in our ballparks, who sees the enormous potential of our City, and goes to work every day to protect its future.”
Clawson graduated Conway High School, then attended Arkansas State University before being accepted into the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. While attending law school at night, he worked full time at American Management Corporation in Conway. Later, Clawson joined the Brazil Law Firm located on Main Street. While Clawson’s legal career started in the private sector, he quickly answered the call into public service.
From 2008 to 2013 he served Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy Counties as deputy prosecuting attorney and division chief under 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden and his successor Cody Hiland.
In his time as a deputy prosecutor, Clawson successfully prosecuted murderers, rapists and other serious felony offenders in dozens of bench and jury trials.
Clawson left the prosecuting attorney’s office in March of 2013 when he had an opportunity to serve as Conway’s deputy city attorney, for then-City Attorney Mike Murphy. In 2014, Clawson was elected to his first term as Conway’s City Attorney.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue what I have started in my first term," Clawson said. "My focus has been to increase the efficiency of our city government by focusing on responsiveness, safeguarding compliance, and improving existing policy and procedures, not just accepting the status quo. We have had a lot of success in the last four years, but I have so much more I want to accomplish."
Clawson is a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute (Class of ‘07), has volunteered for Junior Achievement and Optimist Club, and he served eight years on the Toad Suck Daze 5K/10K race committee. He was elected to two terms on the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates for the Faulkner County District.
He is very involved with the Central Arkansas Youth Leadership Program as a session leader and a member of the recruitment committee. He is also a member of the Faulkner County Fair Parade Committee. Clawson attends Second Baptist Church in Conway.
The City Attorney represents the City of Conway in a variety of civil matters in both state and federal courts and acts as district court prosecutor for criminal misdemeanors, traffic offenses and ordinance violations occurring within the city limits. The City Attorney also advises the mayor, city council, city department heads, fire and police departments in various legal and regulatory matters.