Izard County

Izard County was formed on October 27, 1825, as the 13th county of the Territory of Arkansas from parts of Independence County. It was named for George Izard, the second governor of the territory. Melbourne is the county seat. The landscape of the county is rugged and mountainous. The historical Izard County courthouse was built of brick and concrete faced with shaped, quarried native limestone and sits on a six-foot mound surrounded by a matching limestone retaining wall. A doughboy statue commemorating World War I county veterans, a historical marker, and a small hexagonal band shell sit on the courthouse ground. There still remains an original painting hanging in the courthouse warning “$5.00 fine to spit on floor, no exceptions.” The Ozark hill country is good for raising cattle, and timber, and silica sand is found in the rivers. Small manufacturing has boosted the economy. The White River forms the southwestern border and provides recreation and fishing. A world-famous trout fishing river, the White, brings cold water from the depths of Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes, gradually warming near Batesville. The Strawberry River is a good stream for floaters and on this river is located Horseshoe Bend, a resort retirement community featuring lakes, golf course, health spa, tennis facilities, and a shopping center. The rugged hill country offers hunting and natural Ozark beauty. Two highways, No. 9 and No. 58, offer scenic beauty. The quaint town of Calico Rock sits on the bluffs above the White River and offerssmall-town charm. The population of Izard County is 13,577 (2020 Census).

80 E. Main St.
Melbourne 72556

(870) 368-4328

County Judge
Eric Smith
Phone: (870) 368-4328
Fax: (870) 468-4118
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 327, Melbourne, 72556

County Clerk/Circuit Clerk
Joe Cooper
Phone: (870) 368-4316
Fax: (870) 368-4748
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 95, Melbourne, 72556

County Sheriff
Charley Melton
Phone: (870) 368-4203
Fax: (870) 368-5226
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 370, Melbourne, 72556

County Treasurer
Warren Sanders
Phone: (870) 368-4394
Fax: (870) 961-2017
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 307, Melbourne, 72556

County Collector
Joshua Morehead
Phone: (870) 368-7247
Fax: (870) 368-7040
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 490, Melbourne, 72556

County Assessor
Tammy Sanders
Phone: (870) 368-7810
Fax: (870) 368-3183
Address: P.O. Box 131, Melbourne, 72556

County Coroner
Eddie Howard
Phone: (870) 368-4848
Fax: (870) 368-4131
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 979, Melbourne, 72556

Justices of the Peace
Justin Sanders, Kelly Hatman, Randy “Hank“ Sherrell, Willie Moser, John David Miller, Justin Thornton, Kevin Michael Cone, Adam Cooper, Richard “Rich” Emmens

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