About The Mayor
Mayor Jill Dabbs has been enacting positive change and insuring smart growth for Bryant since 2011. Prior to being elected Mayor of Bryant Jill was a business owner/manager, community leader with many different organizations, and a dedicated volunteer. Her passion to volunteer was driven by her daughters passion to swim. Dabbs served as the President of the Bryant Barracudas Swim Team as it grew from 50 to well over 200 members and a board member for the Racers Swim Club, a USA age-level swim team, this led her to becoming a founding member of the People for Parks Committee, which was instrumental in the development of Bishop Park. Dabbs is also an active supporter of Bryant Public Schools.
Mayor Dabbs innovative style of leadership focuses on the relevant change that is constant in Bryant. As Bryant continues to grow she is committed to maintain a city with a high quality of life standard that families for future generations will choose as a place to raise their children. Mayor Dabbs is committed to operating an efficient government that fulfills its obligation to the citizens it serves. This is being done by eliminating wasteful spending, utilizing modern technology, and a business model approach to operating local government. Connecting our local government better to the people it serves through communication, collaboration, and accessibility has already opened doors of opportunity for many volunteer organizations that are working together to bring out what is best in Bryant.
Since becoming Mayor, Dabbs has worked diligently to support, or help establish multiple community programs, to name a few: Restored the School Resource Officer Program to Bryant Public Schools, Keeping Bryant Beautiful, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, Healthy Bryant Coalition, established Bryant’s Mayor’s Office of Volunteer Services. Also under her leadership Bryant’s street construction and stormwater management has been improved to insure quality infrastructure is put in place that will serve the residents for years to come reserving tax dollars to repair what is old, not what was poorly constructed. Construction projects to alleviate future flooding of homes The public works department has been restructured to be more efficient outsourcing all the cities engineering needs in order to insure quality work at a competitive price. The IT department has also been outsourced bringing the cities technology resources and infrastructure into the 21st Century while saving thousands of tax dollars and providing a higher quality IT service. The aging police fleet was replaced in 2012 and updated in 2016 with the funding plan that was put in place to fund future fleet needs. In 2016 Mayor Dabbs led the City of Bryant to pass a 24 million bond reissuance with 72% approval rate. All of the above mentioned accomplishments were done with existing tax revenues without raising any taxes.
Mayor Dabbs has served on the Municipal League Executive Committee as Vice President for District 2, and in a leadership role to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. She is currently President of the Metroplan Executive Board, Bryant Chamber of Commerce board member, Arkansas Republican Party, sits on the board for Friends of the Southwest Trail, served on the National League of Cities committee for Community and Economic Development, and the Arkansas Recycling Coalition. Mayor Dabbs is a graduate of the Arkansas Leadership class XI, and has completed the Community Development Institute at UCA.
Born on August 5, 1972, Mayor Dabbs is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Little Rock where she earned a Bachelor degree in Speech Communication. When she is not passionately working with others to build an even better Bryant she is spending time with her family, bicycling with friends, snow skiing or talking about any of the three mentioned above. Energy is her middle name. She loves to travel as well as offer her services and experiences when needed as a presenter on many topics affecting municipalities. Mayor Dabbs recently spoke in Atlanta at the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors where she showcased all that is being done in the amazing, fast growing, friendly city of Bryant, AR.