Hempstead County, Arkansas

County Judge


Jerry T. Crane

County Judge


In Arkansas local government, the County Judge serves as the chief executive officer of the county government. As such, the County Judge authorizes and approves the disbursement of all appropriated county funds, operates the system of county roads, administers ordinances enacted by the quorum court, has custody of county property, accepts grants from federal, state, public and private sources, and presides at the meetings of the quorum court without a vote but with the power of veto.


The County Judge sits in a judicial role as the county court. The county court has jurisdiction in matters relating to county taxes, general public utilities, trade and commerce, transportation and natural resources.


County Judge's Office

400 South Washington
P.O Box 1420
Hope, Arkansas 71802

(870) 777-6164
(870) 777-7814 fax



Road & Bridge Department

The Hempstead County Road and Bridge Department maintains

460 county roads that is  around 2,000 miles of paved and

unpaved roads. Amendment 55 gives the authority and

exclusive control over county roads to the County Judge.

Solid Waste Department

Under the supervision of the County Judge the solid waste department maintains a Class 4 Landfill. The county also

provides for county-wide residential curbside trash pick-up

provided by a dedicated 1 cent sales tax that the citizens

passed in March of 1992.