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Posted on: August 4, 2022

McCabe appointed to chair statewide council

Mayor Pat McCabe has been appointed to Chair the Cities of the Large First Class Advisory Council of the Arkansas Municipal League (AML).

AML Executive Director Mark Hayes called this a “very important position in the League” in his appointment letter to McCabe. Included in the letter were the responsibilities of the positon: chairing the Cities of the Large First Class Advisory Council meetings, attending Executive Committee meetings as a representative of the Council and serving as a member of the Steering Committee of the Municipal Legal Defense Program.

“Vitally important to have the Mayor of Hot Springs serve on the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Municipal League as that is the primary policy-making arm of the municipal league. Adding to that, being the Chair of the Cities of the Large First Class Advisory Council puts Hot Springs in a strategic position of having a ‘say so’ on policies being recommended to the Executive Committee,” said McCabe. “Only through years of working with my peers across the state and the staff at the municipal league do these appointments happen. As a result, Hot Springs will have a seat at the table.”

McCabe served as city director for two terms during the late 80’s early 90’s. He returned to the Hot Springs Board of Directors in the fall of 2009 to complete the unexpired term of a former city director and prevailed in his re-election bid for the same position in the 2010 general election. On March 25, 2017, he was appointed mayor to fill the unexpired term for the previous mayor. In 2018, he won the mayoral election to serve a four-year term. McCabe serves as president and CEO of Levi Hospital, a position he has held since 1987. He has served in numerous volunteer capacities that include the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, United Way of the Ouachitas, Retirement Development Authority and the Inaugural Board for Leadership Hot Springs. 

The Arkansas Municipal League is a service and advocacy organization for the municipalities of Arkansas. The League offers its programs and services to 500 cities and towns in Arkansas and was created in 1934 to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation. To find out more, please visit

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