The City of Gravette operates a Mayor-Council form of government. There are three wards with two representatives from each ward for a total of six council members. Meetings are usually held the second and fourth Thursday of the month. See the calendar for most current meeting schedule.

The Planning Commission consists of five members from the City of Gravette's planning jurisdiction. The Planning Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. See the calendar for most up-to-date schedule.

Access the ward map HERE.

Access the public meeting calendar HERE.



Kurt Maddox


Kurt has a Master of Science in Leadership and Ethics, MBA, from John Brown University and has been a small business owner for 25 years. As a Gravette native, he cares deeply about the heritage and well-being of the city. Kurt has been Mayor since January 2015 and his term ends December 2022.

He can be reached at


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David Bailey

City Attorney

He is the founder of the Bailey Law Firm, P.A., in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. with distinction in International Studies in 1993. David then attended law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he serveed as an editor of the Law Review. He graduated from law school with honors in 1996. His term as City Attorney ends December 2018.


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Mike Von Ree

City Clerk/Treasurer

Mike has been a resident of Gravette since 1992. He and his wife Susan have 6 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He worked as a senior electronics technical, project planner, and program controls analyst for 25 years in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Mike has been involved in Gravette city government in various capacities for over 20 years. His term ends December 2022. 

He can be reached at


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Ron Theis

Council Member Ward 1 Position 1

Ron moved to Gravette in February 2013. He and his wife Denice have been married for more than thirty years. They have two children, Joseph, 30, of Greenbrier, Arkansas, and Caleb, 15, of the home. They also have two grandchildren, Noah and Isaac, of Greenbrier, Arkansas. Brother Ron has many interests including fishing, hunting, woodworking, and golf. Denice loves to quilt and Caleb is an avid outdoorsman. His term ends December 2022.

Ron can be reached at


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Jeff Davis

Council Member Ward 1 Position 2

Jeff is originally from Northern California, but moved to Benton County in 1974 with his wife. A graduate of San Francisco State College, he has taught public school and operated federally funded training programs. For 30 years, he worked at Walmart's printing facility, retiring ten years ago as their primary production scheduler. In preparation for retirement, he and his now departed wife sold their farm west of town and built their new home in Gravette. Jeff has served on the Gravette Planning Commission and is very active in his local and district Lions Clubs. He plays banjo with the Old Town String Band. His term began in January 2018 and ends December 2024. 

Jeff can be reached at


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Margo Thomas

Council Member Ward 2 Position 1

Margo grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She and her husband of 48 years moved to Gravette to raise their two sons, both of whom graduated from Gravette High School. Margo worked for Emerson Electric for 27 years and then for R & R Solutions for 5 years. She has been active with the Gravette Public Library and is enjoying her retirement. Margo is also very active in her church and enjoys working to help people in any way she can. Margo's term ends December 2022.

She can be reached at



Don Turner

Council Member Ward 2 Position 2

Bio coming soon!


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Rod Clardy

Council Member Ward 3 Position 1

Rod was born in Monte Ne, Arkansas and is a graduate of Rogers High School. He married his wife, Ella, in 1967 and together they have four children: Pamela, Raina, Rochelle, and Larry. They have many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rod spent many years working in the construction industry. In addition to building houses, he was also a cabinet maker. He has lived in Hiwasse for more than 20 years. He is a retired Gravette school bus driver. He has been a member of the City Council since December 2015. Rod's term ends December 2022.

He can be reached at



Larry Weihe

Council Member Ward 3 Position 2

Larry grew up on a ranch near Valentine, Nebraska where he was born and raised. He graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, where he received a BA Degree in Pastoral Ministry and minored in Psychology; and has served 43 years as a lead pastor. He is presently serving as lead pastor of the Hiwasse Church of the Nazarene, where he has been for the past 30 years. He and his wife Zina have been married for 50 years, and have two grown children, son Kyle and daughter Kammie.  Larry and Zina have 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Larry's term ends December 2024. He can be reached at



Position 1 - Tom Boettcher

Term ends June 30, 2023

Position 2 - Dani Madison

Term ends June 30, 2024

Position 3 - Michael Deniston

Vice Chair

Term ends June 30, 2024

Position 4 - Derek Estep

Chair of the Planning Commission

Term ends June 30, 2022

Position 5 - Bill Mattler

Term ends June 30, 2022