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James F. Valley


Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

Brief Biography

James Valley is a graduate of Helena-West Helena Public Schools and the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Juris Doctorate (Law Degree).

James obtained his Mississippi law license in October 1995 and Arkansas law license in April 1996. He has worked in private practice in Arkansas and Mississippi for over 15 years. During 2005-2006, James taught 9th grade English at Central High School. Mayor Valley currently teaches a Criminal Justice class at our local community college.

James served one term on the Martin Luther King Commission. He also served two (2) year terms as a Justice of the Peace in District Seven on Phillips County’s Quorum Court. James is in his second term as mayor of the newly consolidated City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. 

James is a Mason (James Alexander Lodge), a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (West Helena Alumni Chapter), and a member and corporate sponsor of the Central Cougars' Booster Club. James is also a member of  several other organizations.

He is a Baptist and a lifelong resident of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. His wife, Elizabeth, is a Registered Nurse. They have five (5) children. They attend First Baptist MB Church under the leadership of Dr. Nathaniel Hull, Sr.