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County Judge

Gary Clayton - County Judge
Email - www.judgebic@gmail.com
Phone - (870)895-3341

Office Hours- 8:00A.M.- 4:30P.M. Monday-Friday (Excluding Holidays)

The County Judge is the chief executive officer for county government.  The Constitution of the State of Arkansas provides for the election of the County Judge to a four-year term of office with the requirement that he/she be at least 25 years of age, a qualified elector, and a resident of the county.  In the event of a vacancy in office, the Quorum Court fills the vacancy by appointment, the appointee serving until the next election when a successor is elected.

 

The office of the County Judge is to be operated according to all constitutional and statutory provisions of law in concurrence with the annually approved budget for the office.  The County 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, and accepts grants from federal and state sources on behalf of the county.  The County Judge is also responsible for supervising the activities of various state and federal agencies operating at the county level.  The County Judge or a designee applies for all federal and state assistance for which the county is eligible and appoints the members of administrative and advisory boards for the county.  The County Judge presides over the Quorum Court without a vote, but with the power of veto.

All power not vested in the County Judge as the chief executive officer of the county shall continue to be exercised and administered by the County Court, over which the County Judge shall preside.  The County Court is, in fact the County Judge sitting in a judicial role.

 

The County Judge oversees the operations of the County Road Department, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Veterans Service Office.