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Brian Miller, (from left) CEO and administrator of the Dallas County Hospital, Dr. Hugh Albert Nutt, M.D. and Dallas County Judge Jimmy Jones browse new equipment in the new lab in the hospital. Jones said Miller and Nutt have been instrumental in the hospital’s success.


run for the job [county judge’s office],” Jones said. “I didn’t run for the position. I ran to do the job and do it well.” Jones grandfather worked for Travy Hillman, former county judge,


and Hillman was a figure who Jones said had an impact on him. Hill- man gave Jones a job as a kid cutting bushes and other various tasks. “He was a big man in more than one sense. He was always helping people and that’s something I’ve tried to do as judge. I’ve watched most judges in this county help people, many of them were my friends and they have all inspired me. I try to make everyone at ease and when they come into this courthouse. I want them to feel at home.” Jones is always looking out for Dallas County, but in his spare time


enjoys spending time with his two children and their families, especially his grandchildren, as well as spending time on his place. “I really enjoy hunting and the outdoors and take pride in taking some community children who might not have the opportunity other- wise to enjoy the outdoors,” Jones said. When asked about the dynamic of working in the same office as his wife, Assessor Donna Jones, he said, “We’ve always been able to work together. She’s here to do the same as I am, and that is to serve the public. We’re honored for the people of this county to allow us to serve. We appreciate the opportunity to give back to a community that has been good to us.”


Jimmy and Donna


Jones take a moment to pose for a photo opportunity in front of Steam Engine 101 in downtown Fordyce. Jimmy made the deci- sion to have the steam engine moved back to Fordyce where most of the citizens thought it belonged. The engine ran the rails in Dallas County in the 1930s in the lumber industry.


Jones is a member of Prosperity Baptist Church in Ramsey, a member of EM Lodge No. 363 in Fordyce and is a founding member of Tri- county Shrine Club in Fordyce. He was also appointed to the Arkansas Motor Vehicle commission by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2008. He serves on the Southwest Planning and Development Executive Board and the County Judges Association of Arkansas Executive Board. He was also honored as the 1993 Dallas County Farm Family of the Year and was chosen as Boss of the Year by the Fordyce Chamber of Commerce in 2007.


“I hope people say that when they came to me for help as judge that I certainly helped if I could,” Jones said. “I’ve tried to take care of healthcare, our senior citizens, our youth and the working people of Dallas County. I also want to help support the existing businesses in our county in doing whatever I can to insure their success.”


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