Director Kevin Settle expressed personal satisfaction about his role as city director. Some of the highlights of his first term include: making city board meetings more accessible to the general public through televising board meetings; residential, industrial, and I-49 growth in Chaffee Crossing; continued wet weather, drainage, and street improvements; new job recruitment and existing job retention; sewer and water plant treatment expansions; and the progress the City has made in developing regional economic relationships. Settle was also a leader in establishing and attending neighborhood problem solving meetings and prompted the historic first joint meeting between City and County boards.
“All of these factors combine to make Fort Smith attractive to families, businesses and visitors as we grow into the 21st century. It has been exciting to serve as a Director during a period when Fort Smith is on the verge of reinventing itself. Going forward, I would like to continue the work that has been started over the past three years. Because I have only missed one City Board meeting during my first term, I feel I am very well informed about the needs and vision the people of Fort Smith have for their city. I want to continue to provide experienced leadership as a City Director and build on this foundation so we will be prepared for growth and development in the future,” stated Director Settle.
Settle is actively involved in community civic groups. He serves as a board member of both the Sebastian County Regional Solid Waste Management District and Western Arkansas Planning and Development District. He is a current member of Kiwanis Club and the Fort Smith Jaycees, is a Boys & Girls Club Alumni and a past member of Young Emerging Leaders (YEL). He was also a 2009 recipient of the Mayor’s Patriot Award and a 2010 recipient of the Mayor’s Perfect Harmony Award.
Director Settle, his wife, Terri, and their two daughters are lifelong residents of Fort Smith. He is a 1992 graduate of Southside High School, a 1994 graduate of Westark Community College and a 1996 graduate of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Currently, Settle is employed as the Engineering Manager for Exide Technologies and has earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.
Settle Proven A Proactive Leader - The Times Record has endorsed Kevin for a second term as City Director.