Bentonville Mayor Attends First City Council Meeting in New Role


Tuesday, Bentonville welcomed Mayor Stephanie Orman as she attended her first city council meeting in her new role.

Budgets. Rezoning. And roll calls. 

All eyes are on the new mayor – Stephanie Orman. 

“Bentonville is a town that people want to be a part of and they want to be involved with,” Mayor Stephanie Orman said. “You’re going to be busy and that’s a good thing.” 

It’s an environment – the mayor says she’s worked hard for. 

“A new fire station is coming,” Mayor Orman said. “New call center for police. New animal shelter. New city hall. New City Administration building.”

It’s a big seat to fill. 

Orman replaces Bob McCaslin after 12 years in the position. 

Plus according to preliminary expense reports from the Benton County Clerk’s Office, Orman’s former opponent – Jim Webb – received $6,400 from three members of the Walton family. It’s a Bentonville staple that the new mayor will work closely with. 

“I have a good relationship with the Walton’s,” Mayor Orman said. “We have already reached out. We are already talking to them. I believe we have that good relationship,” 

Orman’s been on the job for one week and after six months of campaigning her promise remains the same.

“I want the people of Bentonville to know we are listening and you are going to see great things come,” Mayor Orman said. 

Orman along with her entire city council is hosting a meet and greet Wednesday night. 

City leaders invite all community members to come. 

It’s from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at The Record on Southwest A Street in Bentonville. 

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