Texarkana Arkansas City Manager Resigns

Robert Thompson has stepped down as the city manager of Texarkana, Ark.
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Robert Thompson has stepped down as the city manager of Texarkana, Ark.

“I believe the city is headed in a positive direction, and I wish them all the best,” Thompson stated in an interview on Wednesday, June 5.

Thompson’s resignation, submitted to the city’s board of directors on Tuesday night, came as a surprise to some.

“In my view, it was in the city’s best interest for me to step aside at this time. I wasn’t forced out, and there was no animosity. I have the utmost respect for the elected officials and their work,” Thompson explained.

Thompson also mentioned his plans to move back to Florida to be closer to his family.

“The nine-hour commute every other week has been taxing. I look forward to being home and spending time with my family,” he said.

Thompson joined the city in September 2023 from DeFuniak Springs, Fla., where he also served as city manager.

The Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors accepted his resignation, with board member Laney Harris voting against it.

“I hate to see him go because I noticed a lot of improvements in the poorer neighborhoods,” Harris commented. “For instance, this sidewalk I’m standing on was completed under his leadership after five years of requests.”

Thompson’s resignation is effective immediately.

“We will begin the process to hire a new city manager right away,” Mayor Allen Brown announced.

When asked if he was surprised by the resignation, Mayor Brown replied, “Somewhat, because Robert has worked hard since he has been here.”

The board has appointed Public Works Director Tyler Richard as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is found.