Little Rock banker Virgil Miller to be sworn in as city's newest board director on Monday

Little Rock banker Virgil Miller to be sworn in as city's newest board director on Monday

BCN Staff – Oct. 16, 2021 — Little Rock native Virgil Miller Jr. will take his oath of office as the city’s newest board director on Monday (Oct. 18) at the Little Rock City Hall.

Miller, a local banker, was chosen by the Little Rock Board of Directors on Oct. 13 to represent Ward 1 for the remainder of the current term of the late Erma Hendrix. Little Rock District Court Judge Mark Leverett will preside over Miller’s swearing in ceremony on the first-floor rotunda of the Little Rock City Hall at 500 W. Markham St.

The board first began accepting applications to fill the vacant position on the 10-person board about two weeks after the passing of the Hendrix on Sept. 8. On Oct. 12, the city’s Board of Directors interviewed Miller and seven other Ward 1 candidates at its regular meeting for the position. The board subsequently voted in a special called meeting to seat Miller to served out Hendrix’s term. 

Hendrix first served on the city’s Board of Directors from November 1993 to December 1994 and was serving her fourth term after being reelected in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. Miller will serve the remainder of the current term, which expires Dec. 31, 2022, and will be eligible for re-election to the position. The position will also be on the ballot in the November 2022 general election.

A veteran civic and community volunteer, the City Board also appointed Miller to Little Rock Airport Commission in 2006, where he served as chairman for several years. Miller has also served on a number of local civic, nonprofit, and city government boards over the past three decades.

A longtime banking executive and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) director with the former Metropolitan National Bank, Miller transitioned to a similar executive position with Arvest in 2013 after the privately held Bentonville banking group purchased the smaller Little Rock bank. He is 68.

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