Meet the Mayor

Bob Joslin is the first Mayor of Arab, who is not from Arab. He & wife Paula, both from Wichita, Kansas, celebrated their 56th year of marriage on December 22, 2018. They have a son, Craig, & daughter Lori, who have given them four grandsons and two great-grandsons.

Mayor Joslin retired from the Corps of Engineers, as the Director of Resource Management, after 36 years with the Government Service. This role required him to move with his family several times in the course of his 36 years, including the move from 

Bob Joslin, Mayor
Arab City Hall
740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016
Cell: (256) 506-6424
Office: (256) 586-8128
Fax: (256) 586-9711
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Katie Jones, Assistant to the Mayor
Office: (256) 586-8128
Fax: (256) 586-9711

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.




Wichita to Kansas City, Missouri, then on to Cape Canaveral, Florida, then to Washington, D.C. for a short stint, and finally to Huntsville in 1968, where they resided until the family moved to Arab in 1992.

It was six years later, in 1998, when he would finally retire from the Corps, a successful career that effectively prepared him for his upcoming role as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Arab, and Champion of its future.

In October 1996, two years prior to retirement, he was elected to serve on the Arab City Council, and served two consecutive terms through October 2004. It was then when he decided to slow down, take a breather, and spend time with his family. In doing that, Bob was able to focus on his first true love… restoring antique cars… a passion that continues to connect him with his son and four grand-sons.

After eight well-deserved years of retirement, Bob was encouraged to run for the Office of Mayor. He did, and was elected Mayor in 2012, and was re-elected to a second term in October 2016, which expires in 2020.

Arab City Hall

740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone (256) 586-3544
Fax (256) 586-9711

Mission Statement

The City of Arab has a mission to foster and sustain a living environment that cultivates progressive awareness and the acceptance of diverse cultural differences, while maintaining a wholesome family atmosphere.

The mission also includes an improved quality of life through economic growth and development, continuously seeking ways to increase revenues, and the ongoing expansion of local Infrastructure.