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Mayor David Morris of Searcy completes 40 years of public service
Mayor David Morris of Searcy completes 40 years of public service

SEARCY, Ark. - Growing up in Searcy, Ark., Mayor David Morris witnessed firsthand the positive impact public service has on the community.  With his mother working for the University of Arkansas Corporative Extension Office for fifty-five years and a father that served in the U.S. Navy for eight years prior to becoming a postal worker retiring after forty-two years of service, he knew this was the direction his future was heading.  In addition his grandfather Harvey Morris served as Assessor for White County during the 1940’s.

Morris graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree and received a Master of Health Services Management and a Masters in Business, both from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Morris has an extensive background in the operation and administration of county and city government, serving in various positions. Morris began his career in 1975 as a probation officer then as Administrative Assistant to the County Judge, and in 1982 he was elected County Judge of White County.  After serving a term in office, David became Assistant Administrator of White County Memorial Hospital, presently Unity Health.

Morris served as Executive Director of the North Central Arkansas Private Industry Council prior to joining the staff at the Association of Arkansas Counties last serving as Assistant Director. In November 2010 Morris was elected Mayor of Searcy.   On January 1, 2015 he was sworn in for his second four year term as Mayor. 

David and his wife Gail were married in 2003.  Gail is a native of Cleburne County.  Together they have seven children, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Morris admitted that there have been many challenges experienced along the way, but that each day has been a pleasure in serving the public.  Morris quoted,” Where have the years gone? It seems like only last month that I began this incredible journey.  It has indeed been my blessing.”

After years of hard work, Mayor David Morris is excited to acknowledge that as of June 30, 2015, he has completed forty years of public service and has his eyes focused upon the community he serves.