Pine Bluff City Attorney Althea E. Hadden-Scott has announced she will run for a 4th term. Mrs. Hadden-Scott presides over an office which prosecutes cases in the Pine Bluff District Court and Jefferson County Circuit Court, Juvenile Division.
Her duties include providing legal advice to city officials, department heads and residents on numerous issues. As the chief legal counsel for the City of Pine Bluff, she regularly interprets local ordinances, regulations, state and federal law.
“I take pride in rendering opinions that will equip those who are charged with enforcing the law, with the legal standing that will allow them to confidently execute the law or pursue a course of action, without exposing the City to litigation. Occasionally, an opinion will prove to be controversial, but I strive to ensure my office vets the issue objectively and impartially,” says Hadden-Scott. “A lawyer’s time and advice is [her] stock in trade.” Abraham Lincoln.
Prior to being elected City Attorney in 2010, she worked in private practice for nine years; served as an attorney ad litem for Department of Human Services (DHS) cases; sat as Special Judge in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile and domestic cases; served as a deputy prosecutor for two years; and is admitted to practice in federal court.
Hadden-Scott was admitted to the Arkansas bar in March 1999. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December 1998, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in December 1994.
Additionally, she proudly served her country by enlisting in the United States Army for three years on active duty, where she received an Army Commendation Medal and was honorably discharged in April 1990.
Outside of her professional life, Hadden-Scott has been involved with multiple community and volunteer organizations. She served as Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Junior Achievement Volunteer and a graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff. Hadden-Scott is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas City Attorney’s Association.
She serves as a deaconess at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Past Worthy Matron of ADAH Chapter 424 – Order of Eastern Star and a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Althea Hadden-Scott is the wife of Mr. Carl Scott, Sr. USMC (retired) and mother of four children: Brandon, Chylon, Anthony Jr. and Gregory.