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County Judge

100 W. Main St
Russellville, AR  72801
Phone: (479) 968-7487
Fax: (479) 967-6874

Ben Cross Pope County JudgeBen Cross - Pope County Judge

Welcome to the Judge's Office.

The County Judge serves as a 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, applies for and accepts grants from federal, state, public and private sources, and presides at the meetings of the Pope County Quorum Court without a vote but with the power of veto.

The County Judge coordinates day-to-day intergovernmental relations with municipalities and state and local agencies that become involved with the county on various projects, programs and service delivery.

The County Judge applies on behalf of all county departments and offices for state and federal grant assistance for which the county is eligible.  

The County Judge appoints members to various administrative and advisory boards under the sponsorship and auspices of county government; and hires county employees, except those employed by other elected officials.

The County Judge sits in a judicial role as the county court, which has jurisdiction in matters related to county taxes, paupers, annexation, and landlock litigation.

The County Judge is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Road DepartmentEMS9-1-1 Communications, and the Office of Emergency Management for Pope County.

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