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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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. and are held in the large courtroom of the Hot Spring County Courthouse.

Important Dates

The courthouse will be closed:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Martin Luther King Birthday – 3rd Monday in January
  • President’s Day – 3rd Monday in February
  • Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day – June 19
  • Independence Day  – July 4
  • Labor Day – 1st Monday in September
  • Veterans Day – November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day & the day following – 4th Thursday & Friday in November
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – December 24 & December 25

Taxpayer Dates

  • Assessment Due: 5/31/2023
  • Taxes Due: 10/15/2023

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County Judge

Dennis Thornton
210 Locust St. Malvern, AR 72104

Email the Judge
(501) 332-2261

County Treasurer

Glorie Thornton

210 Locust St. Malvern, AR 72104

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(501) 337-7411

County Clerk

Patty Griggs

210 Locust St. Malvern, AR 72104

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(501) 332-2291

County Collector

Sheri Oden
210 Locust St. Malvern, AR 72104

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(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

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(501) 332-2461

County Sheriff

Scott Finkbeiner
215 East Highland St., Ste 119 Malvern, AR 72104

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(501) 332-3671

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County Coroner

Jason Chenault
210 Locust St. Malvern, AR 72104

County Coroner
(501) 732-2302