Jefferson County

Jefferson County was created by the Territorial Legislature on November 2, 1829, from parts of Arkansas and Pulaski counties and was named for U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Pine Bluff is the county seat. Jefferson County’s courthouse was constructed on the spot where its predecessor, built in 1838, had stood until destroyed by a fire in 1976. The 1838 courthouse is the only courthouse known to have caused a river to be changed. During the 1908 flood of the Arkansas River, the judges’ chambers, jury room, part of the courtroom, and the sheriff’s and assessor’s offices were purposely torn off and dumped into the river to keep the rest of the building from caving into the river. After the flood, the course of the river was changed to save the courthouse and to channel Lake Pine Bluff. The landscape of the western third is pine-covered, rolling hills, and the eastern two-thirds is rich, fertile Delta farmland. Jefferson County is known for the fertile quality of its soil and has always been one of the leading cotton producers in the state. Its economic development is strongly tied to railroads and the Arkansas River. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and two units of the state prison system makes state government a heavy contributor to the economy. The Arkansas River runs through the county and provides great bass fishing, attracting several fishing tournaments. Pine Bluff is the state’s fourth largest city, where a number of historically important homes can be found. There are two museums — the Arkansas Railroad Museum and the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Museum. The Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area is flooded each fall to attract ducks. Hunting in the county is a popular sport and attracts visitors from all around the country. The population of Jefferson County is 67,260 (2020 Census).

410 E. 2nd Ave.
Pine Bluff 71601

(870) 541-5360

County Judge
Gerald Robinson
Phone: (870) 541-5360
Fax: (870) 536-2977
Address: 101 W. Barraque St., Pine Bluff, 71601

County Clerk
Shawndra Taggart
Phone: (870) 541-5322
Fax: (870) 541-5324
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6317, Pine Bluff, 71611

County Circuit Clerk
Flora Cook Bishop
Phone: (870) 541-5306
Fax: (870) 541-5324
Address: 101 W. Barraque St. Suite 104, Pine Bluff, 71601

County Sheriff
Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Phone: (870) 541-5351
Fax: (870) 541-5348
Address: 410 2nd Ave., Pine Bluff, 71601

County Treasurer
Vonysha Goodwin
Phone: (870) 541-5302
Fax: (870) 541-5303
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6645, Pine Bluff, 71603

County Collector
Tony Washington
Phone: (870) 541-5313
Fax: (870) 541-5321
Mailing Address: 101 W. Barraque, Suite 113, Pine Bluff, 71601

County Assessor
Gloria Tillman
Phone: (870) 541-5334
Fax: (870) 541-5335
Address: 101 W. Barraque St., Pine Bluff, 71601

County Coroner
Chad Kelley
Phone: (870) 541-5364
Fax: (870) 541-5398
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1795, Pine Bluff, 71613

Justices of the Peace
Alfred Carroll, Sr., Reginald Adams, Reginald T. Johnson, Patricia Johnson, Lloyd Franklin II, Margarette Williams, Melanie Johnson Dumas, Roy Agee, Cedric Jackson, Conley F. Byrd, Jr., Danny Holcomb, Ted Harden, Brenda Bishop Gaddy

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