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Horton Honored by State Municipal League with ‘City Above Self’ Award

The Arkansas Municipal League at its 82nd Convention, held June 15-17 in Little Rock, honored Becky Horton with the John Woodruff City Above Self Award. The award is presented to a person who has provided lasting benefits to cities and towns of Arkansas, either collectively or individually, by being an outstanding example of dedication to their improvement.

Horton began working for the city of Mena under a high school work/study program in 1971 and has served as a secretary, bookkeeper, administrative assistant, and now mayor’s assistant, in addition to the various other duties and responsibilities associated with running a small city with limited staff. She has also represented the city on various League Advisory Councils and has been actively involved in local civic organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

The award is named in honor of Woodruff, the League’s communications coordinator and editor of City & Town from 1922 until his death in 2007. Before that John covered the North Little Rock Beat for the Arkansas Gazette for 21 years. John worked tirelessly and unselfishly for the cities of Arkansas.

The Arkansas Municipal League is a service and advocacy organization for the municipalities of Arkansas. The League has a voluntary membership comprised of all 500 cities and towns in the state and was created to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation. To find out more, please visit

Horton said, “This is a great honor and I am overwhelmed by all the recognition. I have been extremely blessed over the years to have been surrounded by a loving family and wonderful friends. I have loved living in Mena all my life and it has been amazing to have had the opportunity to work at such a rewarding job for the City of Mena. Receiving this award is just the icing on the cake.”


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