Counties

Desha County

Desha County was formed December 12, 1838, and was named for Capt. Ben Desha. Moving away from the Mississippi and its floods, the county seat has been in four different locations. The landscape of the county is rich, flat, delta farmland. The Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary. The county seat is Arkansas City. Desha County lies at the convergence of three of North America’s major rivers: the White, the Arkansas and the Mississippi, which provide the county with waterway connections from New Orleans to Tulsa. Railways, waterways, and the rich agricultural resources have made Desha County a major grain shipping and storage center. Desha County, along with Chicot County, has a $3.9 million port and industrial park at Yellow Bend on the Mississippi. Arkansas City is a survivor of the steamboat era, and the Arkansas City courthouse is one of the oldest still in operation in the state. The White River Wildlife Refuge offers sanctuary for migratory waterfowl. The longest levee in the United States is located in Desha County on the Mississippi River.

608 Robert S. Moore St.
Arkansas City 71630

(870) 877-7242

County Judge
Jack May
Phone: (870) 877-2426
Fax: (870) 877-3413
janewatkins@deshacounty.org

County Clerk
Valerie Donaldson
Phone: (870) 877-2323
Fax: (870) 877-3413
countyclerk@deshacounty.org

County Circuit Clerk
Kristen Christmas
Phone: (870) 877-2411
Fax: (870) 877-3407
kchristmas@deshacounty.org

County Sheriff
Larry Allen
Phone: (870) 877-2327
Fax: (870) 877-3406
sheriff@deshacounty.org

County Treasurer
Pam Stallings
Phone: (870) 877-2353
Fax: (870) 877-3413
pamstallings@deshacounty.org

County Collector
Vaughta Glover
Phone: (870) 877-2525
Fax: (870) 877-3402
deshatax@yahoo.com

County Assessor
Gaye Brown
Phone: (870) 877-2431
Fax: (870) 877-3408
gayet.assessor@deshacounty.org

County Coroner
Joe Wilkin
Phone: (870) 377-1250
longhornwilkin@gmail.com

Justices of the Peace
Joe James, Lynn Weatherford, Patricia Watkins, Gene Weser, Charles Denver, Richard C. Smith, Ronnie Norris, Teresa Polite, Doc Bilbery

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