Little Rock's Diversity

Little Rock's Diversity

Demographics

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Little Rock’s total multicultural population is 51.8%. African Americans make up the majority with the Hispanic and Asian population growing more each year.

City of Little Rock (2010)
From the US Census Bureau
Population: 193,524
Male: 92,310 (47.7%)
Female: 101,214 (52.3%)
Caucasian: 97,633 (48.9%)
African-American: 81,860 (42.3%)
Hispanic: 13,159 (6.8%)
Asian: 5,225(2.7%)

Government Officials

 

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

Little Rock voters made history on Dec. 4, 2018, when they selected Frank Scott Jr. as the City’s 73rd mayor and first elected Black chief executive. Since that day, Mayor Scott has worked to unite our diverse neighborhoods into one City and one people, cooperating to expand our economy and improve our quality of life. He brings a unique combination of skills to the job with significant experience in both the public and private sectors. Mayor Frank Scott Jr-headshot

Scott began his public-service career in the office of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe where he served for five years, first as deputy policy director and later as director of intergovernmental affairs. While on Beebe’s staff, Scott continued his education, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. That degree, with a concentration in finance, complemented Scott’s undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis.

Determined to put his finance training to work, Scott accepted a position as a community banker with First Security Bank, giving him insight into the issues facing small businesses across the City. At the same time, he continued to devote a significant amount of time to serving both his City and State as a member of the Port of Little Rock Board of Directors and as a member of the Arkansas Highway Commission – experiences which gave Scott an understanding of the critical infrastructure that forms the backbone of any city.

As an associate pastor, youth mentor, and professional, Frank lives out the values he learned growing up in Southwest Little Rock, the same area where he lives, today. He gives back to the City that invested in him and reminds young people regularly that values are the foundation of a purpose-filled life.

A firm believer in education and the opportunity that it can provide, Frank is a former member of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees (now UA-PTC) and currently serves on the UA-Little Rock Board of Visitors.

Mayor Scott believes that “When we come together, we are more than just a series of neighborhoods and zip codes. We are the people of Little Rock, and we can change course for a better direction for our city if we have the will to do it.”

 

Bruce T. MooreBruce T. Moore, City Manager

Bruce T. Moore was appointed as Little Rock City Manager on December 17, 2002, after having served as Assistant City Manager since April 1999. Prior to that appointment, he served in a variety of capacities with the City of Little Rock including Assistant to the Mayor and Assistant to the City Manager.

As City Manager, Moore serves as the Chief Administrative Officer appointed by the Mayor and Board of Directors, and is the principal adviser to the governing body on all operational matters pertaining to the overall direction and administration of municipal government overseeing nearly 2,500 employees and a budget of $222.6 million. In addition, he served as the lead City Staff person for the development of William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and Park in downtown Little Rock. He was also instrumental in the planning of the 40th and 50th Anniversary commemorations of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

Moore has a Master of Public Administration degree from Arkansas State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Henderson State University. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Arkansas City Manager's Association (ACMA), First Vice President of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Board of Directors, Henderson State University Board of Trustees, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Downtown Little Rock Partnership Executive Board. He has been the recipient of the Just Communities of Arkansas Humanitarian Award, one of Arkansas Business' “40 Under 40” and the United States Army Commendation Medal/Operation Desert Storm.

Moore was selected by the United States/Japan Foundation as one of twenty Americans to participate in a two-year business and cultural exchange program with Japan. He also completed the Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock. Moore is Co-Chair of the Board of City Year Little Rock, and was recognized by City Year as the 2011 Red Jacket Ball honoree. In addition, he serves on the St. Vincent Health System Board of Directors.

Delphone D. Hubbard - Fire Chief

Delphone Hubbard Chief Delphone D. Hubbard became the fourteenth Chief of the Little Rock Fire Department in January 2018.  Prior to joining the Little Rock Fire Department he served for twenty-two (22) years with the City of Memphis (TN) Fire Services rising to the rank of Division Chief. 

Chief Hubbard has a Bachelor’s Degree from LeMoyne-Owen College and an MBA from Webster University. He and his wife, Tosha, have two adult daughters and a third daughter who attends Little Rock Public Schools.

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Humphrey

 

Police Chief Keith Humphrey comes to Little Rock after having been Chief of the Norman, Oklahoma, Police Department from 2011 to 2019.

Chief Humphrey started as an officer with the City of Fort Worth Police Department in 1988. In 1995, he joined the City of Arlington (TX) Police Department, being promoted to Sergeant (2000) and later Commander (2005) in that department. In 2008, he was named the Chief Humphreys-headshotChief of Police of Lancaster, Texas, serving in that position until 2011, before taking his current position as Norman’s Police Chief.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Master’s of Business Administration from Amberton University. He is also a Graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Strategies for Building and Leading Diverse Organizations and the Leadership in Police Organizations Program.

Chief Humphrey has been an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma, Langston University, and Argosy University, as well as an instructor for the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the FBI LEEDA Program.

 

Rodolfo QuilantanRodolfo Quilantan - Mexican Consulate in Little Rock

Ro Dolfo Quilantán-Arenas is a native of Saltillo, Coahuila, where he earned his law degree from the Autonomous University of Coahuila. He earned a Masters in National Security issues by the National Defense College, which is part of the Ministry of National Defense in Mexico City.

The Consul Quilantán career member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1985 and has served at Mexican consulates in Antwerp, Belgium; Milan, Italy; Los Angeles, USA; Guayaquil, Ecuador. In addition, he served for five years as Director for Legal Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC.

Apart from his public duties, he has taught academic conferences as guest conductor in Mexican and foreign universities on international issues, consular and diplomatic law. In addition, he has published articles and essays on foreign policy, diplomacy and protection to Mexicans. He is the author of the books, the death penalty and consular protection in Mexico and Culture.

 

Senator Linda Chesterfield - Arkansas State Senate District 30

Senator Joyce Elliott - Arkansas State Senate District 31

Representative Fredrick J. Love - Arkansas House of Representatives District 29

Representative Fred Allen - Arkansas House of Representatives District 30

Representative John W. Walker - Arkansas House of Representatives District 34

Representative Denise Ennett - Arkansas House of Representatives District 36

Representative Jamie Scott - Arkansas House of Representatives District 37

Erma HendrixDirector Erma Hendrix- City of Little Rock Board of Directors Ward 1

Erma Hendrix, a native of the City of Little Rock, serves as City Director for Ward 1. She is graduate of the Little Rock Public Schools and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas Baptist College. She has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Development from St. Louis University and has completed additional graduate studies from Ouachita Baptist University.

Director Hendrix has worked as a psychiatric nurse at Fort Roots Veterans Hospital. She has also been administrator of the Anti-Poverty Program and the Little Rock Housing Authority.

Voters in Little Rock first sent Director Hendrix to the Little Rock City Board of Directors from November 1993 to December 1994. She has served in her current position since January 2007, having been reelected in November 2010. From 1999 to 2006, she served as a commissioner on the Arkansas Parole Board. She also served as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Chair for the City of Little Rock from 2002 to 2006.

A member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Director Hendrix has been active in a variety of community organizations in Little Rock. She is a member of the National Council of Negro Women. Director Hendrix was a charter member of Downtown Neighborhood Association, Martin Luther King Neighborhood association and Martin Luther King Heritage Center. She has also served as neighborhood chair of the Model Cities program.

Director Hendrix has a long history of involvement in Little Rock activities. She is a former Den Mother in the Boy Scouts of America Cub Scouts program and a former PTA officer in the Little Rock School District. From 1972 to 1975, she was President of the Arkansas Conference of Branches of the NAACP. She was the Arkansas Youth Director of the NAACP from 1960 to 1970. Director Hendrix is the mother of six adult children.

Ken RichardsonDirector Ken Richardson- City of Little Rock Board of Directors Ward 2

Ken Richardson is the City Director for Ward 2. A lifelong resident of Little Rock, he is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School. A nationally recognized expert in youth violence prevention, he has been Director of Program Services for New Futures for Youth.

Director Richardson has more than 20 years of experience in providing training on youth development, youth violence prevention, and youth program design and development. In addition, he has over a decade's experience in coordinating the City of Little Rock's gang intervention programs and the City's Intervention Reserve Team. He has developed the "Leadership Development for Youth Professionals" training series for local youth workers. In addition to his work with youth at his job, he coaches AAU boys basketball.

Director Richardson was first elected to the City Board of Directors in November 2006 and took the oath of office on January 1, 2007. He was reelected in November 2010 and is currently serving his second term.

Director Richardson served as member of the Vision Little Rock Public Safety workgroup. He also served on the Little Rock Police Department Justice Advisory Committee. He is a member of the board of the Watershed Fatherhood Initiative. Director Richardson also serves on the board of the Neighborhood Coalition for Children and Families. He has also been involved with the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.

Since joining the Little Rock City Board, Director Richardson has been a tireless advocate for the award-winning 12th Street Corridor Revitalization Plan. Director Richardson conceptualized and currently spearheads the 12th Street plans. One of the anchors is the 12th Street Police Substation at 12th and Cedar streets.

Doris WrightDirector Doris Wright- City of Little Rock Board of Directors Ward 6

Doris 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. She has also received a Certified Public Manager designation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Director Wright was first elected to the City Board of Directors in November 2006. She was reelected in November 2010 and November 2014. She is a past president of the John Barrow Neighborhood Association. A long-time advocate for the John Barrow area, she has been involved in the Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School Parent Teacher Student Association. Across the street from Parkview is the Sidney S. McMath branch of the Central Arkansas Library System. Director Wright was instrumental in the placement and construction of the library in that neighborhood.

Director Wright established and remains heavily involved in the West Central Sports Complex. She has served as director of that organization and the sports leagues which play there. Several hundred youth play sports there each year. She has also established the Rosedale softball and baseball complex, the West Central Senior Activity Center and is coordinating planning of the West Central Community Center.

Director Wright developed the Ward 6 Transformation Plan, which completed a comprehensive assessment of all 23 neighborhoods in Ward 6. The plan recommended twelve projects to improve the area.

A program manager for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Director Wright was 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 American Association of University Women. She is also a member of the Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Little Rock Gamma Nu Chapter.