Mark Ledbetter has recently announced his intention to seek the Ward 3, Position 1 seat on the Conway City Council.
Ledbetter is a lifelong resident of Conway and retired as Assistant Fire Chief after 33 years of service with the Conway Fire Department. He also served with the Conway Police Department as a communications coordinator at the Conway Emergency Operations Center for approximately two years. He is presently employed as an assistant to County Judge Preston Scroggin. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, a member of the city Pandemic Planning Task Force, and served several years as the vice chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. He remains active in many emergency management activities.
He is married to the former Karen Keathley of Conway. They have two sons, Tugg and Ty, and six grandchildren, all residents of Conway.
When asked about his motivation to serve on the council, Ledbetter responded, "I am interested in the city having more fiscal accountability and prioritizing the spending more logically." Furthermore, he says, "Many of our citizens feel that the city has not addressed street construction and maintenance properly. It is time to focus on our existing infrastructure." He continued, "Being a lifelong resident of Conway, I have seen many changes in our City and I am eager to be a part of the continuation of positive growth, growth that has discipline, direction, and purpose for all citizens."
When asked about the upcoming sales tax referendum to be held on February 14th, Ledbetter commented that while he is for ballot items one and two which will provide funding, but he is against the rest of the initiative which would permit borrowing money against the potential tax moneys. "The cost of interest for the bond issue to acquire all the money at once is a waste, especially since none of the needs are so critical at the present time that the entirety must be spent immediately."
Ledbetter has participated in many public and professional groups during his career as a civil servant. He is a member of Antioch Baptist Church and currently serves on the Metroplan Regional Planning Advisory Council, the Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel, and the Faulkner County Fair Parade Committee.