Welcome to Rector!

Welcome to the Rector, Arkansas official community website. We invite you to take a look around and see what our community has to offer.

We are very proud of our little town. Surrounded by some of the best farmland in Arkansas, it’s a safe, comfortable community where people know and look out for one another, and family and friends are important. In true small town form we celebrate our victories together and offer support during more challenging times. Volunteerism is our life blood.

We take great pride in our modern and progressive school system and of our businesses, our local medical and dental facilities and our well-equipped fire and police departments. We are home to a certified nursing and care facility. We have numerous churches, affordable homes and a beautiful parks system. Our most treasured assets however are our people and the friendly atmosphere they create.

The rich history of Rector and the surrounding communities has shaped our traditions and values and at the same time keeps us focused on the future. Like many small towns in rural areas, we face a number of challenges and we strive to maintain the balance between progress and tradition without losing the essence of our community spirit. We constantly look for opportunities to create a more dynamic environment; a new business downtown or a creative enterprise or a new skateboard park, Our city government works with citizens and with the Community Development Office to find ways to improve life in Rector.

Rector is home to the best Labor Day Picnic in the country. Organized entirely by volunteers it draws back former residents and their families for an entire weekend of festivities and reunions and all proceeds support the Woodland Heights Cemetery.

So browse through our website. You will see our beautiful parks, our Veterans Memorial Park, our governing body, a list of clubs and civic organizations that keep our town moving. If you are a Rector resident we invite you to join them in working for a better Rector. We’re pretty proud of our little town. It’s a great place to live and a wonderful place to come home to.

Teresa Roofe, Mayor

The Rector Community Museum

The Rector Community Museum is now in their new building at 310 Main St. Go to: www.rectormuseum.com to get a look around.  If you would like help support this look at history, you can mail your donations to:  P.O.Box 313, ​Rector, AR 72461.

public notice:


Due to evolving concerns related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Rector has announced that it will be closing City Hall, and all other City buildings to the public beginning Thursday, March 19th, 2020 until further notice.

The Rector Community Center will closed to the public, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This will not affect the Arkansas Revenue Office. They will maintain regular office hours. If you have any business with the Rector Community Center please call 870-595-2188 or 870-595-3035.

All public city meetings, including April’s City Council meeting, will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date as the situation evolves.   THE ANNUAL CITY WIDE YARD SALE IS ALSO CANCELLED.

At this time, all City of Rector employees will continue to report to work, and departments will remain open. The City intends to maintain essential functions and services at full capacity. The public will be able to contact all departments by phone and e-mail. The City of Rector is requesting that residents and other individuals seeking to attend to City-related business do so remotely when possible, online, by phone or through the mail, or delay any business that requires in-person interaction with City of Rector employees until a future date. Individuals encountering urgent, time-sensitive situations requiring the attention of City of Rector staff are advised to contact the appropriate department by phone and your matter will be handled promptly and accordingly.

  • Rector Police Department: 870-595-2423
  • Rector Fire Department: 870-595-3035
  • Rector District Court: 870-595-9805. The Clerk will be in the office to take calls Monday-Wednesday, 9am – 2pm. To make a payment of court fines. You can send via USPS to Rector District Court 409 S Stewart St. Rector AR 72461 or make a payment online at myfinepayment.com.
  • City Hall/Rector Water Department/Rector Street Department: 870-595-3035

Payments will be accepted:

  • Via the USPS: 409 S Stewart St. Rector AR 72461
  • Drop box. Please put payments and the small side of your bill in a sealed envelope with your name and address or account number. We do not recommend paying in cash but if that is your only option, please use as exact change as possible. Any monies paid over your bill will be credited to your next month’s bill. The drop box will be emptied periodically throughout the day.
  • Thru your banks online bill paying service. The banks mail checks to our office.

If you need to set up new service or transfer service, please call or email the Rector Water Department at 870-595-3035 or rectorwater@gmail.com.  Any City business or business with the Fire Department or the Street Department please call 870-595-3035 or email cityofrector@gmail.com.

As there are no confirmed or presumptive cases of coronavirus in Rector at this time, this measure is precautionary, and intended to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus locally and avoid widespread disruptions to City services. The City will closely monitor the status of coronavirus locally to determine when City buildings can be safely re-opened to the public. The City of Rector is committed to providing timely and up-to-date information to residents regarding the status of coronavirus locally and precautionary measures being implemented by the City. Residents are encouraged to monitor www.rectorarkansas.com for updates or the multiple City of Rector social media pages.

Click the link below to view the President’s Guidelines for 15 Days:

Coronavirus Guidelines: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf  

What’s the census all about anyway?

The Census is a count. You want to count, don’t you? This is your chance. The Federal Census is only taken once every ten years. The goal is to count everyone who lives in the United States of America and its territories. It is the primary source for determining the nation’s population and economy. The counts made this year will be used by our leadership when they are making decisions about our needs. A new school, or hospital or even a mall or the local Dollar General Store all depend on the local population count and the economy. It will determine the need for highways and rural services, like electricity and water. Disaster relief relies on the current census information too. The Census that is taken this year will be used for the next ten years to meet our needs. That makes an accurate count very important.

You can get more information on the census at this site: http://www.2020census.gov . Take a few minutes and visit this website to see what you can expect. When you receive your census form in the mail you will have the option to fill it out and send it back via the mail or you can complete the form on-line or by phone. You should complete it as soon as possible. The census bureau will try to contact you by mail again and if you still do not respond a census worker will come to your address to assist you. It’s important so be counted.