Job Description


“The chief executive officer for county government in Arkansas is the County Judge. As chief executive the judge authorizes and approves the disbursement of all appropriated county funds, operates the system of county roads, administers ordinances enacted by the Quorum Court, has custody of county property, accepts grants from federal, state, public and private sources, hires county employees except those persons employed by other elected officials of the county, and presides over the Quorum Court without a vote, but with the power of veto. (ACA 14-14-1001-1103)

All powers not vested in the county judge, as the county’s chief executive officer shall continue to be exercised and administered by the county court, over which the county judge shall preside. The county court, in fact, is the county judge sitting in a judicial role. The county court of each county has exclusive original jurisdiction in all matters relating to:

(1) County Taxes: Including real and personal ad valorem taxes collected by county government. The county court’s authority in this area includes jurisdiction over the assessment of property, equalization of assessments on appeal, tax levies, tax collections, and the disbursement of tax proceeds.

2) Paupers: The court’s jurisdiction includes all county administrative actions affecting the conduct of human services programs serving indigent residents of the county where such offices are financed in total or in part by county funds.

(3) Jurisdiction in each other case that may be necessary to the internal improvement and local concerns of the respective counties including county financial activities and works of general public utility or advantage designed to promote intercommunication, trade and commerce, transportation of persons and property, or the development of natural resources, which are not otherwise transferred to the county judges to be administered in an executive capacity.

(4) The county court shall have all other jurisdiction now vested by law in the county court except with respect to those powers formerly vested in the county court under the provisions of Section 28 of Article 7 of the Constitution which were transferred to the county judge under the provisions of Section 3 of Amendment 55 to the Arkansas Constitution, (ACA 14-14-1105), and those powers removed by Amendment 67 as they pertain to the Bastardy and Juvenile Court.

In addition to the duties of the county court, the county judge is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day inter-governmental relations between the various state and federal agencies operating at the county level. The judge must also apply for all federal and state assistance monies for which the county is eligible, and appoints the members to all administrative and advisory boards in the county, some of which have to be confirmed by the quorum court.” (

Office of County Judge (The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture)

Official Garland County Website

Association of Arkansas Counties – County Judges’ Association of Arkansas

There are 75 Counties in the State of Arkansas … all part of the state of Arkansas but separately governed at the local level. Each county has a county judge, who is the chief executive officer of the county, as well as several other countywide office holders including a quorum court (legislative body) made up of justices of the peace elected from single-member districts. (from

Garland County

Garland County was formed on April 5, 1873, and was named for Augustus. H. Garland, Governor of Arkansas, U.S. Senator, and Glover Cleveland’s Attorney General. Hot Springs, the county seat, has drawn visitors to the area for many years. The landscape of Garland County is rugged terrain and heavily forested Ouachita Mountains. In 1832, Hot Springs National Park became the first national reservation set aside for recreational purposes and is the only national park within a city. There are 47 springs along the base of the Hot Springs Mountain. The courthouse is the only one in Arkansas located in a national park. An Act of the United States Congress was required to acquire part of the block where the courthouse stands. Recreation and tourism have always been mainstays of the county’s economy, along with livestock production and logging. One of the largest quartz crystal mining operations in North America is located in Garland County. The famous Oaklawn Park offers thoroughbred horse racing from February through April. Three lakes, Lake Ouachita, Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton all offer a full range of water sports and recreation facilities. New construction of homes and businesses are on the rise in Hot Springs. (

501 Ouachita Street
Hot Springs 71901


County Officials   Phone   Fax   E-Mail
County Judge   Rick M. Davis   (501) 622-3600   (501) 622-3799
County Clerk   Sarah Smith   (501) 622-3610   (501) 624-0665
Circuit Clerk   Jeannie Pike   (501) 622-3630   (501) 609-9043
County Sheriff   Larry Sanders   (501) 622-3660   (501) 321-4212
County Collector   Rebecca Talbert   (501) 622-3710   (501) 622-3659
County Treasurer   Tim Stockdale   (501) 622-3650   (501) 622-3788
County Assessor   Tommy Thompson   (501) 622-3730   (501) 622-3739
County Coroner   Stuart Smedley   (501) 622-3638   (501) 622-3639
Justice of the Peace   Ray Owen, Jr.            
Justice of the Peace   Thomas Anderson            
Justice of the Peace   Rebecca Arguello            
Justice of the Peace   Mary Bournival            
Justice of the Peace   John Faulkner            
Justice of the Peace   Mickey Gates            
Justice of the Peace   Larry Griffin            
Justice of the Peace   Drew Hudgens            
Justice of the Peace   Dalton Laymon            
Justice of the Peace   Matt McKee            
Justice of the Peace   David T. Reagan            
Justice of the Peace   Marilyn Ridge            
Justice of the Peace   Ellen Varhalla