Counties

Craighead County

Craighead County was formed February 19, 1859, from parts of Greene, Mississippi and Poinsett counties. It was named from Thomas H. Craighead, who represented Mississippi and Crittenden counties in the state legislature. Craighead County has two county seats — Jonesboro and Lake City. The landscape of Craighead County is flat, fertile farmland with rolling hills with Crowley’s Ridge in the center. The courthouse in Jonesboro stands on the site of a skirmish between two companies of Confederates and a detachment of a federal regiment during the Battle of Jonesboro in August 1863. The statue of a doughboy on the courthouse lawn is the first monument erected in the South to soldiers and sailors of World War I. Another marker recognizes a county resident, Hattie Caraway, who was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, the first woman to preside over the Senate, and the first woman chairman of a Senate committee. The Lake City courthouse offices have been moved to a more modern and convenient location; however, the original courthouse building still stands. It is an all-wood; two story building with three small, one-story brick wings that were added in 1934, when the companion county courthouse in Jonesboro was remodeled. A bandstand from which many political speeches have been made stands in the courtyard. Arkansas State University, which continues to grow and is the county’s largest employer, is located in Jonesboro. The Convocation Center located on the campus is used for sports, concerts, live theatre, conferences and other attractions. In historic downtown, Jonesboro’s civic auditorium — a renovated movie theatre built in 1926 — provides a facility for concerts, Broadway shows, nationally known speakers, and community theatre productions. Residents of Craighead County revel in its status as the “Capital City of Northeast Arkansas” with a Main Street Jonesboro celebration in May of each year, which brings hundreds of people into the county.

511 S. Main St.
Jonesboro 72401

107 Cobean Blvd.
Lake City 72437

(870) 933-4500
www.craigheadcounty.org

County Judge
Ed Hill
Phone: (870) 933-4500
Fax: (870) 933-4504
ehill@craigheadcounty.org

County Clerk
Kade Holliday
Jonesboro Ph: (870) 933-4520
Lake City Ph: (870) 237-4342
Fax: (870) 933-4514
kholliday@craigheadcounty.org

County Circuit Clerk
Candace Edwards
Phone: (870) 933-4530
Fax: (870) 933-4534
cedwards@craigheadcounty.org

County Sheriff
Marty Boyd
Jonesboro Ph: (870) 933-4550
Lake City Ph: (870) 237-4511
Fax: (870) 933-4595
mboyd@craigheadso.org

County Treasurer
Terry McNatt
Phone: (870) 933-4540
Fax: (870) 933-4541
tmcnatt@craigheadcounty.org

County Collector
Wes Eddington
Phone: (870) 933-4560
Fax: (870) 933-4519
weddington@craigheadcollector.com

County Assessor
Hannah Towell
Phone: (870) 933-4570
Fax: (870) 933-4516
htowell@craigheadassessor.com

County Coroner
Toby Emerson
Phone: (870) 932-9639
Fax: (870) 931-4255
tobyemerson@sbcglobal.net

Justices of the Peace
Ken Stacks, Fred Bowers, Jim Bryant, Billie Sue Hoggard, Barbara Weinstock, Max Render, Richard Rogers, David Tennison, Josh Longmire, Steve Cline, Dan Pasmore, Terry Couch, Aaron Harris

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