County Judge

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John Massey, County Judge

P.O. Box 545
105 S. Berry St.
Yellville, AR 72687
Office:  870-449-6231
Fax: 870-449-4369



Marion County Courthouse, Court Annex, and Library are open to the public.  However, there will be mandatory procedures in place to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines.  Additional information regarding COVID-19 can be found at the Arkansas Department of Health web site.

Please follow some precautions as recommended by the CDC. DO NOT VISIT IF YOU HAVE SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF A RESPIRATORY INFECTION SUCH AS FEVER, COUGH, OR SORE THROAT. All HEALTHY VISITORS please: CLEAN your hands after arriving and before leaving. USE a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. CLEAN your hands after coughing or sneezing.

COURTHOUSE:  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Masks are required, social distancing of 6 feet between citizens, offices allow 2 people in office at one time.   Circuit and District Judges will have their own procedures for entering courtroom.

COURT ANNEX:  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Masks are required, social distancing of 6 feet between citizens, number of people allowed in the offices will be on an office by office basis.  Circuit (Probate and Juvenile Divisions) and the District Court will have their own procedures for entering courtroom.

VETERAN'S SERVICES:  Veteran's or their families to be seen by appointment only.  Masks are required, social distancing of 6 feet between persons to be practiced. 

JUVENILE SERVICES:  Lobby will remain locked until approximately the first week of June.  Wearing masks is recommended.  Social distancing of 6 feet will be practiced.  Currently seeing clients by appointment only.  Due to the limited space in our lobby and offices, we are asking the clients to remain in their vehicle until summons to come inside the agency.  

LIBRARY:  Hours are:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.   Must wear mask to enter building.  Temperature will be taken upon entry.  Patrons will sign their name on roster after answering the COVID-19 questionnaire. Only 5 people will be allowed in the building at one time.  Patrons will be allowed 10 minutes to be in the building and must be 6 feet away from patrons and staff.  One computer will be available for justified purposes only. 

TRANSFER STATION:  Effective MONDAY, JULY 27, 2020, the Transfer Station will be returning to normal business hours of operation.  They will be open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Open 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 8:00 am. to Noon except on holidays.



The County Judge is the county's chief administrative officer. He presides over the Quorum Court, however does not carry a vote within the court he only has the power of veto. The budget for the county is prepared by a committee which is appointed by the County Judge. When the budget is put to vote with the Quorum Court it has to pass by a 2/3 vote.

A County Judge also:

  1. Authorizes and approves the disbursements of all appropriated county funds
  2. Operates the system of county roads
  3. Administers ordinances enacted by the quorum court
  4. Has custody of county property
  5. Accepts grants from federal, state, public, and private sources
  6. Ensure all boards have sufficient members appointed.
  7. Hires county employees except those employed by other elected officials of the county

The County Judge oversees the following departments: Road Department, Emergency Operations, Grants Department, Transfer and Recycling Station. He has a Supervisor at the Transfer and recycling Station and two Road Foremen that oversee the day to day activities of the Road Department.

John Massey, County Judge
P.O. Box 545
105 S. Berry St.
Yellville, AR 72687
Fax: 870-449-4369

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday (except holidays)

County Services Offered

Burn Ban Status

The County Judge can declare a burn ban based on the weather and forestry laws. 

Roads, Road Signs and Addressing

To request road work you can contact the Road Department at (870)449-6021.

To request a new road sign contact Zach Davenport at 870-449-6021

The Marion County Building Inspector is Bill Higgins.  His email address is Phone 870-715-2544.

How to apply for a job with the county?

You may contact the Marion County Judge’s Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Marion County Courts Complex, 105 S. Berry St., P.O. Box 545, Yellville, AR 72687, or call (870) 449-6231 or email mcjudge@yelcot.netClick here for downloadable employment application.


The regular meeting of the Marion County Quorum Court is held at 6:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the courtroom of the courthouse.  Quorum Court will be available through Marion County AR Government Youtube channel livestream at
They will be saved under PLAYLIST.  You can Subscribe and click on the bell to be notified when any video or livestream is posted to the channel.

What is a Quorum Court and what do they do?

The Quorum Court is the legislative body of county government and is composed of 9 members called Justices of the Peace elected to two-year terms. Each JP represents a district of roughly equal population.

The Quorum Court may exercise the following powers, but not limited to:

  1. Levy taxes as prescribed by law
  2. Appropriate public funds for the expenses of the county in a manner prescribed by ordinance
  3. Preserve the peace and order and secure freedom from dangerous or noxious activities; provided, however, that no act may be declared a felony
  4. For any public purpose, contract, or join with another county, or with any other political subdivision or with the United States
  5. Create, consolidate, separate, revise, or abandon any elected office or offices except during the term thereof; provided, however, that a majority of those voting on the question at a general election have approved said action
  6. Fix the number and compensation of deputies and county employees
  7. Fix the compensation of each county officer with a minimum and maximum to be determined by law
  8. Fill vacancies in elected county offices
  9. Provide for any service or performance of any function relating to county affairs
  10. To exercise other powers, not inconsistent with law, necessary for effective administration of authorized services and functions

*Road complaints are not presented at Quorum Court.  Complaints should be directed to the Road Department or County Judge.


District 1= Mike Scrima   P. O. Box 100, Oakland, AR 72661  Phone: 870-431-8363/870-404-9001

District 2= Marty Nickels 102 Swiss Lane, Bull Shoals, AR 72619 Phone: 870-736-0031

District 3= Talon Vancuren 217 MC 7001, Flippin, AR 72634  Phone: 870-577-4874

District 4= Rick White 126 Crooked Creek St., Flippin, AR 72634 Phone: 870-232-2011

District 5= Raymond Mayo 6459 MC 3004, Yellville, AR 72687 870-656-0734

District 6 =Brady Madden 181 MC 5003, Yellville, AR 72687 Phone: 870-404-6412

District 7= Wesley Shipman P. O. Box 1116, Yellville, AR 72687 Phone: 870-656-2022

District 8= Claudia Brigham P. O. Box 526, Yellville, AR 72687 Phone: 870-754-0621

District 9= Joyce McCalla P. O. Box 136, Yellville, AR 72687 Phone:870-449-4572



BUDGET COMMITTEE:  Joyce McCalla, Claudia Brigham, Marty Nickels, Mike Scrima, Talon Vancuren

PROCEDURES AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:  Raymond Mayo, Talon Vancuren, Marty Nickels, Joyce MCalla, Claudia Brigham

SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE:  Wesley Shipman, Rick White, Brady Madden, Talon Vancuren

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE:  Raymond Mayo, Marty Nickels, Mike Scrima, Joyce McCalla, Claudia Brigham

LAW COMMITTEE:  Brady Madden, Wesley Shipman, Rick White



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