Izard County JudgeEric Smith
Office: 870-368-4328Cell: 870-291-4005PO BOX 327Melbourne, AR 72556
Office Hours are:Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Administrative AssistantTammy Felton
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 requirements 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 general election, when a successor is elected.
The County Judge is entitled to that salary fixed for his/her office by applicable law and quorum court appropriation. To assist the County Judge in the performance of his/her duties, the County Judge may appoint such number of assistants as the quorum court may approve by funding. The County Judge generally supervises the personnel within his/her employment and may discharge them and regulate their employment, within the guidelines established by the quorum court.
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. As chief executive, 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, accepts grants from federal, state, public elected officials of the county. The County Judge is also responsible for supervising the activities of the various state and federal agencies operating at the county level. The County 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.
All power not vested in the County Judge as the chief executive officer shall continue to be exercised and administered by the county court, over which the county judge shall preside, without a vote but with the power of veto. The county court, in fact, is the County Judge sitting in a judicial role.
The County Judge oversees the Road & Bridge Department and the Office of Emergency Management.
Back to school time is an important event for our entire community. Students are back in class. Teachers are implementing new lesson plans for the school year. Administrators are working with budgets, school bus routes, staffing and school safety concerns. Parents are coordinating work and school schedules, care pools and support for their student's activities and studies. Businesses are equipping families, teachers and administrators with the supplies they need for a successful school year. Back to school is a busy time for us all.
During this busy time, please be extra cautious in traffic. Be mindful of our school traffic zones especially during the morning hours and early afternoons. Keep an extra look out for potential hazards around our schools and in neighborhoods where children play. Slow down and increase your stopping distances.
School buses are back on the road. Be aware of school bus routes in your neighborhood and throughout your daily travel. Leave plenty of time and space for buses. With school traffic, anticipate delays in your travel and leave early so you're not in a rush. And, when approaching a school zone or school bus on the road, be prepared to stop for bus and pedestrian traffic.
I want to thank all of you who help make our education system an integral, positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us - let's work together to make "back to school" a rewarding, fun, and safe time for all.
Thank you,Eric Smith, Izard County Judge