Counties

Baxter County

Baxter County was formed on March 24, 1873, from parts of Fulton, Izard, Marion, and Searcy counties. It was named for Elisha Baxter, then governor of Arkansas. Mountain Home is the county seat. The landscape of Baxter County is rugged and mountainous. The county courthouse sits between two of the state’s largest lakes, Bull Shoals and Norfolk. The third-floor rooms of the courthouse were added between 1908 and 1912; the previous courthouse only had two stories. In the early 1900s another thriving town in Baxter County was trying to be the county seat. Therefore, the Arkansas Legislature passed an act requiring the courthouse to have three stories; thus, a third story was built in a hurry. The courthouse is located 14 miles from the oldest courthouse in Arkansas, the log house of Major Wolfe, built in 1809 and still standing at the town of Norfolk. Over the past three decades, the population of Baxter County has boomed. Much of the county’s growth and more than half its tax dollars can be traced to tourism and retirement. Visitors often return to take up residence. Other resources include a technical campus of Arkansas State University and a fine regional medical center located in Mountain Home. The county has a large water-base recreation such as the White River, North Fork River, Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake and the Buffalo National River.

#1 E. Seventh St.
Mountain Home 72653

(870) 425-2755
www.baxtercounty.org

County Judge
Mickey Pendergrass
Phone: (870) 425-2755
Fax: (870) 425-8633
judge@baxtercounty.org

County Clerk
Canda Reese
Phone: (870) 425-3475
Fax: (870) 424-5105
canda.reese@baxtercounty.org

County Circuit Clerk
Canda Reese
Phone: (870) 425-3475
Fax: (870) 424-5105
canda.reese@baxtercounty.org

County Sheriff
John Montgomery
Phone: (870) 425-7000
Fax: (870) 424-4048
jmontgomery@
baxtercountysheriff.com

County Treasurer
Jenay Mize
Phone: (870) 425-3444
Fax: (870) 424-4415
jenay.mize@baxtercounty.org

County Collector
Teresa Smith
Phone: (870) 425-8300
Fax: (870) 425-3565
teresa.smith@baxtercounty.org

County Assessor
Jayme Nicholson
Phone: (870) 425-3453
Fax: (870) 425-2527
jayme.nicholson@baxtercounty.org

County Coroner
Brad Hays
Phone: (870) 782-0569
Fax: (870) 782-0569
coroner.baxtercounty@gmail.com

Justices of the Peace
Gary Smith, Lucille Soltysik, Erric Totty, Wiliam J. Lucas, James Kerr Jr., Rhonda Tink Albright, Marilyn Williamson, Edna Fusco, Neal Pendergrass, Kevin Litty, Ty Chapman

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