Counties

Ouachita County

Ouachita County was formed in November 1842, from part of Union County and named for the river running through it. In the Choctaw language, the words “owa” and “chita” mean “big hunt.” From that came Ouachita. It was the river that enticed a French trapper to establish a trading post that would become Camden, the county seat. Once heavy steamboat traffic linked Camden directly to New Orleans and other important cities. The county’s economy is about half and half timber and manufacturing, with some tourism sprinkled in. The landscape of the county is rolling hills, largely forested. Hunting, fishing and water sports abound. The Ouachita County Courthouse has the cornerstone from the 1889 courthouse in the base for a planter in front of the entrance to the present building. The cornerstone refers to the original edifice as “this temple of justice.” Also on the lawn is a statue of a woman carrying a flag, erected as a monument to Confederate women, and a Spanish-American War marker.

145 Jefferson St.
Camden 71701

(870) 837-2210

County Judge
Robbie McAdoo
Phone: (870) 837-2210
Fax: (870) 837-2218
judge@ouachitacounty.org

County Clerk
Britt Williford
Phone: (870) 837-2220
Fax: (870) 837-2217
ouachitaclerk@
arkansasclerks.com

County Circuit Clerk
Gladys Nettles
Phone: (870) 837-2230
Fax: (870) 837-2252
gladysn@ouachitacounty.org

County Sheriff
David Norwood
Phone: (870) 231-5300
Fax: (870) 837-2205
ocsosheriff@cablelynx.com

County Treasurer
Melinda Chambers
Phone: (870) 837-2250
Fax: (870) 837-2251
ouchitatreas@cablelynx.com

County Collector
David Norwood
Phone: (870) 837-2260
Fax: (870) 837-2215
collector@cablelynx.com

County Assessor
Debbie Lambert
Phone: (870) 837-2240
Fax: (870) 837-2242
dml1975@windstream.net

County Coroner
Sylvester Smith, Jr.
Phone: (870) 836-3945
Fax: (870) 836-6163
sylvester53@icloud.com

Justices of the Peace
Ware Russell, Dale Vaughan, Doris Grissom, Harry Brown, Raymond Furlow, Addie Moore Edwards, Dennis Truelove, James Manley, Fred Lilly, Charlotte Young, Jerry West

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