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In Arkansas section 14-54-101 of the Arkansas Code provides that "Cities or incorporated towns organized under the provisions of this subtitle are declared to be bodies politic and corporate, under the name and style of "The city of . . . . . . " or "The incorporated town of . . . . . . . . ," as the case may be, capable to .... have a common seal and change and alter it at pleasure."
Even those cities that don't exercise this right are required to have a seal for the city clerk, although not one with pictorial devices on it: "Each city council shall cause to be provided for its clerk's office a seal, in the center of which shall be the name of the city and around the margin the words 'city clerk.'" (Section 14-43-406)
Counties may presumably have seals, since they, like cities and incorporated towns, are defined by section 14-14-501 as bodies "politic and corporate" with "corporate and governmental powers, a corporate name, and perpetual succession subject to limitations imposed by the General Assembly." In addition, they "possess legislative powers not denied by the Arkansas Constitution or by law," which would presumably include the right to adopt a seal, flag, and other symbols.
This suggests that there are probably a number of municipal and county seals in existence. Whether any of them are flag-relevant is, of course, another question.
Joe McMillan, 25 May 2004