Councilwoman Shelia Whitmore Isby is seeking her sixth term on the Conway City Council. A Conway native, Isby was first elected in 1998, becoming the council’s first minority member. She serves Ward 4 in citywide Position 2.
During her 20 years on the city council, Isby supported measures leading to significant improvements in the city. These include roundabout creation, improved traffic flow with redevelopment of many corridors in the city, expansion of the park’s system, creation of the Advertising and Promotions Commission, Economic Development Fund and The Meadows technology park.
Most recently, Isby helped to create a special affordable housing project in the Pine Street neighborhood, opened Conway’s first of several Splash Pads and the Conway Tennis Center. Also during this time, the Conway Fire Department earned its highest Insurance Service Office rating which puts our city in the top 1 percent of fire departments in the nation.
“When I ran for my fourth term I had stated I might not run for re-election again,” Isby said. “However, the new administration is doing some outstanding things for Conway, and I still feel I have many things to contribute to keep the synergy going.”
Isby is a graduate of Conway High School and attended the University of Central Arkansas. She is a 1994 graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute, where she received the Dan Nabholz Leadership Award. Isby is also a past recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award and was the recipient of the 2015 Minority Enterprise Development Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to her role as an alderwoman, Isby currently serves on the boards of the Conway A & P Commission, Arvest Bank in Conway and Morrilton, and the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and is a mentor for Young Empowered Sisters (YES). She is currently co-chair of the Conway Regional Dazzle Daze event committee and serves on the Conway Regional Women’s Council.
Isby works at Counseling Associates Inc. as Human Resources Coordinator. She is a member of Sinai Church of God in Christ, where she serves on the board of trustees. She is the wife of Will Isby and the mother and mother-in-law of Brittany and Kevin Miller. She has two granddaughters, Karsyn Emory and Kaiya Emerson Miller.
“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of my hometown government and aid in its growth and economic vitality," Isby said. "Conway truly is a great place to live, work and play.”