Mayor Zack Tucker brings a pragmatic, hands-on approach to finding solutions to addressing the needs of residents in Monticello in the 21st Century. He was elected the city’s next mayor on November 4, 2014 at the age of 25; second youngest in Monticello's history to hold the position.
Tucker first served the city as Assistant to the Mayor to former Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell. As the mayor’s assistant, Zack was tasked with working alongside Mayor Maxwell in the day-to-day management of the city’s operations; including, personnel management, decision making, and planning for the future of the Monticello.
The Mayor is committed to initiatives expanding economic opportunity, inspiring civic engagement, promoting rural heritage, combating generational poverty through educational attainment, and to provide community driven leadership development.
In his first year in office, Mayor Tucker enacted the city’s first open government initiative, implemented strategic budgeting strategies that have saved nearly 1 million dollars, created the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Initiative, established a renewed focus on infrastructure improvements, proposed the city’s first drainage management ordinance, starting the city’s Safe Schools/ Safe Community Initiative, and focused economic development strategies to include small business development and workforce development.
Most notably, Mayor Tucker’s leadership was intracle in implementing a state and nationally recognized COPS21 Initiative; which established strategies and priorities to incorporate community oriented policing practices in the Monticello.
In 2014, for his commitment to community service, Tucker was named one of the 20 most influential Arkansans in their 20's by Arkansas Business Journal.
Since being elected Mayor, Tucker has been a key leader in tourism, economic, and community development on state and national stages. He has been appointed to Arkansas Delta Byways Regional Tourism Board, the Arkansas Municipal League’s Economic Development Advisory Council, the National League of Cities’ University Communities Advisory Council, and serves as an advisor to UCA’s Technical Assistance for Mayors training program.
Zack prides himself as “Arkansan by birth, rural by choice.” Tucker was raised in the rural Arkansas Delta, and chose to remain rural by attending the University of Arkansas of Monticello where he received a degree in political science. UAM gave Tucker the opportunity to continue to live in Monticello and work for the institution while he received his Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from UCA.
Zack enjoys public service, geocaching and traveling, in Arkansas first of course, and spending time with his wife, Tiffany.