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He’s been there long enough to have


worked with seven county judges. And history buffs might get a kick out of flip- ping through the stack of commissions Montgomery has kept all these years. Dating back to 1965, the signatures of Governors Faubus, Rockefeller, Bum- pers, Pryor, Clinton, Tucker, Huckabee and Beebe on those commissions show how Arkansas’ political landscape has changed during the years. [Montgom- ery received his first commission signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson when he was sworn into office this year.] Ten there’s Montgomery’s copy of the 1965 Arkansas Justice Guide published by the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office. On Jan. 10, 1977, Montgomery started logging the names of every couple he married. Te last one recorded was on Sept. 13, 2014. Te list is 101 couples long. Montgomery said he married one couple on three different occasions. “Tey’d get divorced, then remarry,” he said. It’s unclear whether the third time was the charm for that couple, but the very first couple Montgomery mar- ried seemed to be doing well the last time he checked.


“Te first couple I married way back in the early 60s moved out of town, and they came back through several years later and told me they were still mar- ried, so I think that one held up,” he said with a chuckle. Montgomery is probably proud- est of the $1 million cash “cushion” Hempstead County has maintained since selling the old county hospital. “Back before we sold that hospital and got that million-dollar cushion, we had a lot of trouble with cash flow,” said Montgomery, who is chairman of the quorum court’s budget committee. Montgomery said the county has used interest from that $1 million to purchase things such as sheriff’s cars and to make capital improvements. And he would hate to see the county spend the “cushion,” so he’ll probably run for re- election in 2018. “I might as well, as long as I enjoy


it,” he said. “I kind of like county government.”


COUNTY LINES, WINTER 2017


Top: Justice of the Peace Lynn Montgomery displays one of many commissions he has received from the state after being sworn into office. This one was signed by Gov. Orval Faubus. Bottom: The certificate Montgomery displays also was signed by Secretary of State Kelly Bryant, a native of Hempstead County, where Montgomery serves.


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