City & County

Glenwood mayor arrested for using state resources for self, relative

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of Glenwood Mayor Billy T. Smith by Special Agents in the Public Integrity Division of the Attorney General’s Office. A thorough investigation showed that Smith abused state and city resources in August 2021 when he hired a private company to transport almost $4,000 worth of asphalt millings leftover from the Arkansas Highway 70 resurfacing project to his home and that of his son-in-law for purposes of resurfacing their private driveways.

“Mayor Smith was elected to serve the people of Glenwood and instead he chose to use his position to privately and financially benefit himself,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I urge any Arkansans concerned with potential fraud committed by public officials to contact our public integrity division immediately.”

Smith was charged with Felony Theft of Property, a class D Felony, in addition to Abuse of Office, also a class D Felony. He surrendered himself to Special Agents of the Attorney General’s Office at the Pike County Jail, where he was taken into custody. Smith was sworn in as Glenwood’s Mayor in January 2019.

Arkansans can report public corruption to the Public Integrity Division by calling 833-45-TRUST (833-458-7878) or email ARTrust@arkansasag.gov.

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