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. The population of Craighead County is 111,231 (2020 Census).

511 S. Main St.
Jonesboro 72401

107 Cobean Blvd.
Lake City 72437

(870) 933-4500

County Judge
Marvin Day
Phone: (870) 933-4500
Fax: (870) 933-4504
Address: 511 Union St., Room 119, Jonesboro, 72401

County Clerk
Mary Dawn Marshall
Jonesboro Ph: (870) 933-4520
Lake City Ph: (870) 237-4342
Fax: (870) 933-4514
Address: 511 S. Main St., Room 202, Jonesboro, 72401

County Circuit Clerk
David Vaughn
Phone: (870) 933-4530
Fax: (870) 933-4532
Address: 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro, 72401

County Sheriff
Marty Boyd
Jonesboro Ph: (870) 933-4551
Fax: (870) 933-4595
Address: 901 Willett Rd., Jonesboro, 72401

County Treasurer
Terry McNatt
Phone: (870) 933-4540
Fax: (870) 933-4541
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 63, Jonesboro, 72403

County Collector
Wes Eddington
Phone: (870) 933-4560
Fax: (870) 933-4519
Mailing Address: 511 Union St., Room 107, 72401

County Assessor
Hannah Towell
Phone: (870) 933-4570
Fax: (870) 933-4522
Address: 511 Union St., Suite 130, Jonesboro, 72401

County Coroner
Toby Emerson
Phone: (870) 935-4345
Fax: (870) 931-4255
Address: 1629 E. Nettleton, Ave., Jonesboro, 72401

Justices of the Peace
Brad Noel, Garrett Barnes, Barry Forrest, Linda Allison, Barbara Weinstock, Darrel Cook, Richard Rogers, David Tennison, Josh Longmire, Steve Cline, Dan Passmore, Terry Couch, Kevin Williams

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