Mary Jo Heye-Townsell

Council Member - Ward 2 per Position 1

Mary Jo Heye-Townsell was elected and began serving as the City Council Member of Ward 2 Position 1 on January 1, 2011. Council Member Heye-Townsell has served on the Street Committee and is currently on the Parks and Recreation and Senior Citizen Committees. She is a Certified Public Official through the Arkansas Muncipal League and has served on the Advisory Council for Large First Class Cities and the Public Safety Committee. 

Education and Experience

Council Member Heye-Townsell is a graduate of Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Minor in Finance. She also is an Honors graduate of University of Arkansas Medical Science with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While at UAMS, she received the Helen Fund Scholarship, Dr. Elizabeth O’Connell Endowed Scholarship, the Nightingale Award (voted on by her peers and instructors), and the Arkansas Nursing Students' Association Courageous Heart Award. She is currently a Registered Nurse at UAMS in the Maternal/Infant Unit. Council Member Heye is also a USA certified swim coach. She has coached with the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team since 2011 primarily at the Sherwood and Jacksonville sites.  

Sherwood Shark Involvement

Council Member Mary Jo Heye-Townsell is best known in Sherwood for her involvement with the Sherwood Sharks Swim Team. She took over running the team as a volunteer in 2001 with approximately 50 kids and grew it into the largest summer swim team program in the state with over 300 participants. She became their Head Assistant Coach in 2011. This team has not lost a meet since 2004.    


Council Member Heye-Townsell is a member of Christ Episcopal Church. She is a former board member of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and Rotary and was awarded the 2010 Sherwood Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. She also served as Vice Chair of Arkansas Swimming and was awarded the 2012 Conoco Phillips Arkansas USA Swimming Volunteer of the Year.   

Personal Life

Mother of 5 boys ranging in age from 16-22.  Her oldest, Trey, would be 24, passed away December of 2000.

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