Hope City Manager Catherine Cook has been elected as Arkansas Municipal League District 4 Vice President in the 2013-2014 slate of officers for the statewide organization.
Hope City Manager Catherine Cook has been elected as Arkansas Municipal League District 4 Vice President in the 2013-2014 slate of officers for the statewide organization. Cook has served a total of nine years on the AML Large First Class Cities Council and and the Public Safety Advisory Council, serving as chair of the public safety panel last year. She continues to serve as the League's representative to the Arkansas Fire and Police Pension Review Board. “I'm very pleased to serve the Municipal League in this fashion, and I hope I will well represent the City of Hope and its citizens in this capacity,” Cook said Wednesday. AML District 4 encompasses the 27 counties of Arkansas Congressional District 4. Cook has been employed by the City of Hope since 1990, and has served as city manager since 1996. She is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University, in Magnolia, and has pursued graduate studies at Arizona State University, and is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration degree at SAU. Active both in the AML and the International City Management Association, Cook was a member of the ICMA First Time Administrator Task Force in 1996-97, and served on the ICMA Membership Connection Task Force in 2001-2002. Cook has been elected three times as president of the Arkansas City Management Association, in 1995-1996, 2003-2004, and 2007-2008. She has been active in the Hope Kiwanis Club since 1992, and is a member of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council governing board. She is a member of Hope First United Methodist Church, where she serves as chair of the finance committee and is a member of the chancel choir. Cook and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of a daughter, Kate. Other AML officers elected for 2013-2014 include Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree, president; Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, first vice president; Piggott Mayor Gerald Morris, District 1 vice president; Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher, District 2 vice president; and Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin, District 3 vice president.