Update: Arkansas Municipal League Director Don Zimmerman Dies

by Associated Press  on Monday, Jun. 25, 2018 10:33 am   1 min read

Don Zimmerman in 2016. (Jason Dixson/National League of Cities)

LITTLE ROCK — Longtime Arkansas Municipal League Executive Director Don Zimmerman has died at age 75.

The league's interim director, Mark Hayes, says Zimmerman died Sunday in hospice care as the result of cancer.

In a Facebook post, the Municipal League said visitation is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Ruebel Funeral Home at 6313 W. Markham in Little Rock. The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Baptist Church at 501 N. Shackleford in Little Rock. 

Zimmerman began working for organization that represents about 500 cities and towns in Arkansas in 1966. He was named executive director in 1974, a title he held until his death. The league said in a statement that staff members are "heartbroken" over Zimmerman's death, and it praised his dedication to helping local governments in the state.

"Don 'walked the walk and talked the talk' and we are all the better for having known such an incredible and knowledgeable man dedicated to the local governments of Arkansas," the organization said on its Facebook page.

In 2016, the National League of Cities honored Zimmerman for 50 years of service. Zimmerman, who previously served as a field representative and legislative director, was the first state municipal league employee to be recognized by the NLC for 50 years of service.

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