Hot Spring County was formed on November 2, 1829, by the Territorial Legislature from a part of Clark County. The county’s name came from the natural hot springs that later became world famous as a part of Garland County. Malvern is the county seat for Hot Spring County Arkansas. The landscape is forested ridges, and river bottomland, with the Ouachita Mountains in the north and west and rolling hills in the southeast. Hot Spring County’s economic base is beef and dairy cattle, and the cultivation of hay, soybeans and rice. Industrial development includes lumber mills, brick plants, metals, and small industry. Many residents commute out of the county for work. The county has many varieties (65) of valuable minerals, including the nation’s greatest concentrations of novaculite and vanadium and magnet ore, which is in the roadbed of U.S. Highway 270. Malvern calls itself the “Brick Capital of the World.” In July of each year, Brickfest is celebrated with arts, crafts, games, and entertainment. The county courthouse, constructed in 1936 by the WPA, is built of local brick. Lake Catherine, set in a forest of tall pines and hardwoods, offers a getaway for fishing and other water sports, and Lake Catherine State Park offers campsites, cabins, hiking trails, and a marina. The Ouachita River, which runs through the county, is well known for it’s fishing and floating.

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2020 Federal and Legislative Audit Reports

Voting Information

Click Here for Hot Spring County 2020 Election Voting Information.

Census / 2020

From the Office of Hot Spring County Judge Dennis Thornton:


The Census Response Rates link will allow you to see how our individual communities are responding to the 2020 Census. Please go to https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

The Hot Spring County self-response rate is now at 49% and I am pushing to get it to 51% so we can turn our county from yellow to blue. Even though the calendar said that all households would receive a paper questionnaire by April 15, that has not been the case. We need to encourage as many people as we can to respond by phone or internet within the next day or so.

Completing the 2020 Census is a very easy way to increase revenue for our county. I am challenging all HSC citizens to respond online or by phone and be counted as we strive to make Hot Spring County a better place to live, work, and play!
Instructions for completing Census/2020

CodeRED Notification Enrollment

Please take a moment to fill in the appropriate information below to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations and weather related alerts.
Click Here for CodeRED Notification Enrollment. OR You may text hscdem to 99411 to sign up for CodeRed notifications.

Quorum Court Meeting Details

Regular monthly Quorum Court meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month and committee meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month.  Meetings begin at 6 p.m.  Click Here to find the instructions for connecting to these committee and Quorum Court meetings via ZOOM

Important Dates

  • The courthouse will be closed:

    • September 5th, 2022
    • November 11th, 2022
    • November 24th & 25th, 2022
    • December 23rd & 26th, 2022
  • Taxpayer Dates

    • Assessment Due: 5/31/2022
    • Taxes Due: 10/15/2022

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County Judge

Dennis Thornton
210 Locust St.
Malvern, AR 72104

Email the Judge
(501) 332-2261

County Treasurer

Mary Cansler

210 Locust St.
Malvern, AR 72104

Email County Treasurer
(501) 337-7411

County Clerk

Patty Griggs

210 Locust St.
Malvern, AR 72104

Email County Clerk
(501) 332-2291

County Collector

Valerie Hearn
210 Locust St.
Malvern, AR 72104

Email County Collector
(501) 332-5857

Circuit Clerk

Teresa Pilcher
210 Locust St.
Malvern, AR 72104

Email Circuit Clerk
(501) 332-2281

County Assessor

Blake Riggan
210 Locust St.  Ste 4,
Malvern, AR 72104

Email County Assessor
(501) 332-2461

County Sheriff

Mike Cash
215 East Highland St., Ste 119
Malvern, AR 72104

Email Sheriff Office
(501) 332-3671

Alternate Email:
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County Coroner

Jason Chenault
210 Locust St.
Malvern, AR 72104

County Coroner
(501) 732-2302