Bob Joslin

The office of Mayor is a part-time position as an administrator of Arab City government.

Bob Joslin was elected to the office of Mayor on October 26, 2012, and is serving in his second term as Mayor. His current term expires in 2020.

Bob Joslin was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas where he began his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his 36 years of service, Bob moved to Missouri, Florida, and then on to Huntsville, Alabama. In 1992, prior to retirement, he and his wife, Paula, moved to Arab. They quickly became involved in many community activities including Bob’s service on the City Council from 1996-2004.

Bob was elected mayor in 2012. He has a strong passion for making the city of Arab the best community to live and raise a family. He and his wife Paula have two children, Lori and Craig, along with four grandsons.

Summer Bixler

Arab City Council

Johnny Hart

  • P.O. Box 947 Arab, AL 35016
  • Home Phone: (256) 586-5021
  • Cell: (256) 302-4265

Renae Warren

  • 89 Legacy Circle Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: 586-7499

Mark Gullion

  • 989 Hampton Ridge Circle Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 506-5505

Mike Allen

  • P.O.Box 584 Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-3661

Chris Harper

  • 41 Legacy Circle Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 348-8878

The Arab City Council is comprised of a Mayor and five Council members who stand for election every four years along with most other City elected officials throughout the state of Alabama. Members represent "places" or "seats" rather than running from a geographic district. Elections are City-wide. The next Council election will be held in 2020.


Council members serve part-time with the exception of the Mayor who is a part-time administrator of City government. The Council has a wide variety of responsibilities, including the setting of policies for City operations, the adoption of an annual budget prepared by the Mayor, and serving on various Council committees. Also, the Council holds various public hearings and considers zoning and other permanent ordinances and resolutions.


The Council meets at City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, unless otherwise scheduled. Usually, a workshop meeting begins at 6:00 p.m., with the regular meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are public with the exception of those held in Executive Session. Topics discussed during such sessions are limited by State statute.