Doris Jones Wright is the City Director for Ward 6. A native of Lake Village, Arkansas, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1981. She has also received a Certified Public Manager designation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Director Wright was first elected to the Little Rock Board of Directors in November 2006. She was reelected in 2010, 2014, and 2019. She served as the first female African-American Vice-Mayor of the City of Little Rock from 2012-2014.
She is a past president of the John Barrow Neighborhood Association. A longtime advocate for the John Barrow area, she has been involved in the Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School Parent Teacher Student Association.
In 2003, Director Wright was instrumental in the placement and construction of a public library in her Ward. The Sidney S. McMath branch of the Central Arkansas Library System is the only branch that sits on a 10 acre site.
In 2004, she developed a marketing strategy to rebrand her Ward as West Central Little Rock in order to bring all 24 neighborhoods together under one name.
In 2005, Director Wright established and remains heavily involved in the West Central Sports Complex. The complex is 25 acres, includes 5 baseball/softball fields and provides programming for kids ages 3 to 15. 2016 marked the 11th season and proved to be a record year with over 1,150 youth on 96 teams making it the largest program in Central Arkansas.
In 2007, she established the West Central Senior Activity Center for residents age 55 and over; and established the Women of Stamina Award to honor Women 80 Years and Older.
In 2009, she developed and serves as the Editor in Chief of the West Central Community Magazine, a magazine devoted to the communities of West Central Little Rock.
In 2011, she secured funding for a new community center; the Grand Opening for the new West Central Community Center was held November 12, 2016. The Community Center is a project that has been 25 years in the making and will have a separate Aquatic Center and will be the first community center in the state to have a community radio station, KWCP (West Central Pride) 98.9 LPM.
Director Wright developed the Ward 6 Transformation Plan which completed a comprehensive assessment of all 24 neighborhoods in Ward 6. The plan recommended twelve projects to improve the area. Three of the projects have been completed, one is currently under construction, two are going out to bid and the remaining projects are in the planning phase.
Since 2011, Director Wright has raised funds for a Christmas Toy Drive for kids in her home town of Lake Village. She named the event in honor of her parents the late Aaron and Emma Jones. She personally collects and delivers the toys to the Department of Human Services for kids in Chicot County.
Director Wright was honored as the 2005 Rotarian of the Year from the West Little Rock Rotary Club. She attends Second Baptist Church on John Barrow Road. Director Wright is a member of the Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Little Rock Gamma Nu Chapter.
|Current Term:||January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022|
|Current City Appointments:
||Liaison to Age-Friendly Little Rock Commission
Liaison to Americans with Disabilities Act Citizen's Grievance Committee
Liaison to Little Rock Parks and Recreation Commission
Member of Sister Cities Commission
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