City & County

Arnold seeks re-election as County Treasurer

Clark County Treasurer Karen Arnold announced her bid for re-election.

Arnold has held the office since 2019. Prior to being elected as treasurer, Arnold enjoyed a 25-year banking career with 10 years in treasury management. She also served as the Executive Director of the Clark County Community Foundation and was a licensed real estate agent.

After spending an idyllic childhood in Hollywood, Ark., Arnold graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1981 and continued her education at Henderson State University. Her passion drove her to run for an unexpired term on the Arkadelphia Board of Education, a seat she held for seven years. She earned the distinction of master board member after her first year of service. Arnold has served in many capacities including the Arkadelphia Little League Board, Downtown Arkadelphia Committee, Gurdon Rotary and the Arkadelphia Board of Realtors. She was a member of Class II of Leadership Clark County and was elected to be the class chairman for Class III. Arnold was also a volunteer firefighter for the Curtis Fire Department.

The daughter of Floyd “Buddy” Manning and the late Beverly Manning, Karen has been married to retired Arkadelphia Fire Chief Ricky Arnold for 38 years. They have one son, Clint, who resides in Alpine with his wife Kim and their five children. Karen and Ricky are members of Third Street Baptist Church in Arkadelphia. They spend their spare time watching their grandchildren compete in various sporting events and camping at Davidson Campground.

Karen has a passion for Clark County. During her tenure as treasurer, her office has become more automated and efficient. She has kept her budget minimal and eliminated unnecessary expenses. Her office has a combined 38 years of experience with Clark County government, which is instrumental in projecting revenue for the budget each year. As promised, Arnold requested bids from each of the banks in Clark County for the treasurer’s banking business. This was instrumental in gaining a substantial increase in interest rate, as well as providing increased technology and fraud protection. Arnold has held training for members of the Quorum Court to give them a better understanding of Clark County’s funding and the 96 funds the treasurer’s office oversees.

Arnold thanked her constituents in Clark County for their support during her first term and asked for their continued support and vote in the upcoming Republican Primary and General Election.

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