LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — With former President William “Bill” Clinton serving as the Marks of Excellence Gala keynote speaker, the National FORUM of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) presented Glenn Heights City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides with the esteemed "Marks in Excellence Award" on Saturday, April 22.

The Marks of Excellence Award is bestowed upon an African American Public Administrator who has achieved extraordinary success in the field of public management while demonstrating an unselfish commitment to the community. This prestigious award is NFBPA’s highest honor and is presented annually at the Marks of Excellence Gala during the FORUM.

Ferrell-Benavides has over 25 years of professional experience at all levels of government. In 2015, Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides was appointed as the city manager after serving as the deputy city manager for the City of Glenn Heights since July 2014. Prior, to her current appointment, her public service career included high-level positions, in Washington, D.C., Sunnyvale, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

Ferrell-Benavides is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Ferrell-Benavides is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She is married to Ted Benavides and is the proud mother of Geoffry Alexander.