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AAC Board Profile Jimmy Hart

Office: Conway County Judge for 12 years. County I was born in: Conway County

I got started in county government because: I wanted to make a difference and develop a “can do” attitude in our county.

What I like most about my county / state is: The people, the natural scenic beauty, Petit Jean Mountain, Mt. Magazine, and area lakes.

My favorite meal: Homemade spaghetti and sausage Italian style.

When I’m not working I’m: Spending time with our children and grandchild — Loren.

The accomplishments of which I am most proud: My What should JPs know ...?

(rather than adjourning) or by obtaining ACD extension or issuance of a county court order when appropriate under the law. From time to time, however, a few counties have had to do without county general or county road taxes for failure to comply with the law. Tey adjourned the regular meeting in November without having adopted the levy ordinance or to have available the extensions provided for the specific circumstances re- quired by law.

A.C.A. § 14-14-904 (a), (d), (e) direct and envision the quorum court

at its initial organizational meeting adopting organizational/procedural rules. Tese rules affix the date, time and location of regular meetings of the quorum court; and may along with budget appropriations affix the per diem compensation for attending regular, special and committee meetings of the quorum court subject to the limitations prescribed by the General Assembly under A.C.A. § 14-14-1205. Since justices of the peace are district officials, not county officials, their compensation may be reduced during their term, according to Attorney General Opinion No. 2003-059. A.C.A. § 14-14-904(e) further provides: “Except as otherwise provided by law, the quorum court of each county shall determine its rules of procedure and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as may be prescribed by ordi- nance.”

A.C.A. 14-14-502(b) provides for separate of powers: “Te powers of county governments of the State of Arkansas shall be divided into three


family, my wife Nancy and the four great young adults we raised together. Past president of the County Judges Association of board member.

Arkansas and AAC

The hardest thing I have ever done is: Dealing with the loss of my 16-year-old niece in an auto accident.

At the top of my “bucket list” is to: Take a driving vacation to the west coast.

You might be surprised to learn that: I don’t do Facebook.

My pet peeve is: Keeping it simple. Motto or favorite quote:

my mind’s the one I miss the most. Of all the things that I have lost ...

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(3) distinct departments, each of them to be confined into a separate body: Legislative, Executive; and Judicial. A.C.A. § 14-14-904(d) pro- vides” “Te County Judge shall preside over the Quorum Court without a vote but with the power of veto.” “Te presiding officer shall appoint all regular and special committees of a quorum court subject to any pro- cedural rules which may be adopted by ordinance.” Te county judge is the chief executive official and presiding officer, but not a member of the quorum court. He rules on motions and guides debate according to the rules of procedure Te various other county officials are likewise members of the execu-

tive branch. A justice of the peace would be well served by spending some time with their local assessor, circuit clerk, county clerk, collector, coro- ner, county judge, sheriff and treasurer. Learn the substantial duties of their offices and the assignments of their staff. However, it is clear from separation of powers once funds are appropriated the quorum court is not authorized to micro-manage the expenditure of appropriated funds by the executive branch. See Attorney General Opinions Nos. 2005-293; 2004- 302; 1998-398; 1989-365; and 1989-206. In Attorney General Opinion No. 2011-087: “Te authority of the county judge, not the quorum court, to hire or fire the county attorney, or enter necessary contracts is beyond reasonable argument.” Justice of the peace is an official elected by the Constitution of Arkansas. Te law and duties above should be well- known to all justices of the peace in Arkansas and dutifully performed.


Jimmy Hart, Conway County

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