DUTIES OF THE COUNTY JUDGE
“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.” (http://www.garlandcounty.org/file.php?id=44)
Office of County Judge (The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture)
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 http://www.arcounties.org/counties)
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. (http://www.arcounties.org/counties)
Hot Springs 71901
|County Judge||Rick M. Davis||(501) 622-3600||(501) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|County Clerk||Sarah Smith||(501) 622-3610||(501) email@example.com|
|Circuit Clerk||Jeannie Pike||(501) 622-3630||(501) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|County Sheriff||Larry Sanders||(501) 622-3660||(501) email@example.com|
|County Collector||Rebecca Talbert||(501) 622-3710||(501) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|County Treasurer||Tim Stockdale||(501) 622-3650||(501) email@example.com|
|County Assessor||Tommy Thompson||(501) 622-3730||(501) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|County Coroner||Stuart Smedley||(501) 622-3638||(501) email@example.com|
|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|