Jackson County

Jackson County was formed on November 5, 1829, from part of Independence County. It was named for Andrew Jackson, then the first-term president of the United States. Newport is the county seat. The County Seat has been changed five times. Litchfield (1831) Elizabeth (1839), Augusta (1852), Jacksonport (1854) and Newport (1892). The landscape of Jackson County is rich delta farmland in the north, central, and south and rolling hills in the extreme western part. The economy of the county is agricultural, chiefly, rice, soybeans, corn, milk, beef cattle, and catfish. Other industries, aluminum, wood products, manufactured goods, and food processing are active. The White River, running across the southwestern part of the county, is one of the premier trout streams in the South. The Black River forms the western boundary and offers good catfishing. The Wildlife Management Area, with acres of bottomland shared by four other counties, offers hunting that is popular in this area. In June each year a port fest, Rollin’ on the River Festival, is held and has been recognized as one of the top 100 festivals in the nation. Family fun and entertainment abound. Many tourists visit this area each year. The population of Jackson County is 16,755 (2020 Census).

208 S. Main St.
Newport 72112

(870) 523-7400

County Judge
Jeff Phillips
Phone: (870) 523-7400
Fax: (870) 523-7441
Address: 208 Main St., Newport, 72112

County Clerk
Melanie Clark
Phone: (870) 523-7420
Fax: (870) 523-7406
Address: 208 Main St., Newport, 72112

County Circuit Clerk
Barbara Metzger Hackney
Phone: (870) 523-7423
Fax: (870) 523-3682
Address: 208 S. Main St., Newport, 72112

County Sheriff
Russell Brinsfield
Phone: (870) 523-5842
Fax: (870) 523-7418
Address: 3300 Theater Dr., Newport, 72112

County Treasurer
Jamie Cason
Phone: (870) 523-7401
Fax: (870) 523-7406
Address: 208 Main St., Newport, 72112

County Collector
Kelly Walker
Phone: (870) 523-7413
Fax: (870) 523-8754
address: 208 S. Main St., Newport, 72112

County Assessor
Diann Ballard
Phone: (870) 523-7410
Fax: (870) 523-7440
Address: 208 Main St., Newport, 72112

County Coroner
Cris Driver
Phone: (870) 523-5822
Fax: (870) 523-4640
Address: 1900 Malcolm Ave., Newport, 72112

Justices of the Peace
Rusty Kinder, Tommy Young, David Howard, Bryan Smith, Clay Young, Mark Harmon, Jerry W. Mann, Kenny Falwell, Robby Stewart

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