Tontitown Works Toward Own Police Force

Washington County Sheriff’s Office pulling out of substation

Posted: September 23, 2012 at 4:58 a.m.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office vehicle sits outside the Tontitown substation. Mayor Tommy Granata is working to create a budget for a new police department in the city of 2,516 residents.

Tontitown first appointed a “conservator of the peace” 102 years ago.

At A Glance


Tontitown was founded in 1898 by a group of Italian Catholic immigrants led by their priest, Father Pietro Bandini. The town is named after Henri de Tonti, the Italian who helped Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, explore the Mississippi River and later founded Arkansas Post in 1686.

Source: Encyclopedia of Arkansas History

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It would be a lot more efficient use of resources if these small towns would consolidate with the larger cities. How many mayors, city councils, fire departments, police departments, water departments, post offices, school superintendents, etc., do we need to cover less than a half million people in NWA? It would simplify the local laws and codes, and reduce local taxes in the long term.

Posted by: TheHunter

September 23, 2012 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Oh great - Tontitown is going to turn into another Johnson.

Posted by: cjranger

September 23, 2012 at 12:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The bottom line is that Tontitown, like Centerton in Benton County, doesn't need to exist as a separate political entity - it's clearly unable to govern itself.

Either annex into Springdale, or return to being Washington County's version of Deadwood and hope that the Sheriff will come by as needed.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

September 23, 2012 at 12:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )