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Dr. Larry Austin was sworn into office on January 1st, 2015. He opened with the following statement:

“I enter the mayoral position with leadership experience and the desire to do the right thing. I will work toward balanced budgets, grants for special projects, improving streets, city park improvements, and plans for long-range city goals. I am interested in implementing a city clean-up campaign and will work with an open-door policy.”

Austin has been a Mansfield resident for 29 years and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas.

He has worked in construction, at Safeway Stores, and in education for more than 40 years. He was superintendent of the Mansfield School District for 17 years. He has taught algebra and geometry at Kimmons Junior High School in Fort Smith since 2002, before retiring in June.

He worked as an emergency medical technician, rural fire chief, and chairman of the committee that published “A History of the Mansfield School District Area.” He is a former grant writer for a rural fire department in southeast Arkansas and a former grant writer for schools, as well as a former Babe Ruth League baseball coach.

He enjoys walking, gardening, yard work, shop work, genealogy and reading.

He is married and has two children and three grandchildren. He is a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church.

“I believe Mansfield has the potential to become one of the best small towns in Arkansas,” Austin said.