Leflore County is nestled in the good state of Mississippi. When the 2010 census came out the Leflore County population was around 32,317.
In 1871, Leflore County was formed. This was during the Reconstruction era from the portions of Sunflower, Carroll, and Tallahatchie counties. The Leflore County is named after the Choctaw leader Greenwood LeFlore. LeFlore signed a treated that sold his people’s land to the United States in return for the land of the Indian Territory.
Leflore County is still very much a rural destination. The county is known for having one of the highest levels of child poverty in the United States. There are less and less mechanizations of agriculture jobs available within the county lines.
Since the county’s peak in 1930, the population is declining throughout the years because there are not as many opportunities here as there once was.
Leflore County is in the state’s delta region. This is where catfish and cotton are very plentiful. Mississippi is the third state right behind Texas and California when it comes to cotton production, but nearly 80% of all catfish caught in the United States will come from the Mississippi Delta.
In Leflore County, Mississippi there are two different clerks, Circuit Clerk, and Chancery Clerk.
The first clerk that will be discussed will be the Circuit Clerk. The Circuit Clerk supports the Circuit and County Courts. The clerk’s office duties include, but not limited to the following:
- Attending Court
- Issuing of Notices
- Reporting to the Courts
The clerk office is also in charge of preparing docket cases and a list of potential jurors. They also will maintain the records for juvenile court cases, domestic relations, civil cases, and criminal cases.
The clerk office also keeps records of mortgages, deeds, plats of subdivision, surveys, along with land conveyances within the county.
Other services that the Clerk office provide include, but not limited to:
- Filing Documents
- Retrieving Documents
- Traffic Citations
- Court-Related Documents
- Marriage Licenses
- Voter Registration
- Overseeing Elections
- Collection of Court Fees
The Chancery Clerk performs different duties and responsibilities than the Circuit Clerk Office.
The Chancery Clerk performs various duties and responsibilities. The duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Maintain the Court Docket
- Receive & Assign Cases to Chancery Judges
- Fill All Records of the Court
- Preserve Court Minute Books
- Receive & Process Filing Fees
- Issue Process for Service
- Send Statistics and Divorce to the Mississippi Department of Vital Records
- Sent Statistical Data to Administrative Offices of the Courts
- Serve as an Administrator, Court Appointed Guardian, Conservator, Executor, or a Commissioner
In Leflore County, the Tax Assessor is responsible for assessing a property tax and appraising real estate within the Leflore County. Residents of Leflore County can contact the Tax Assessor for the following services:
- Property Tax Bill
- Paying Property Tax
- Reporting Upgrades
- Reporting Improvements
- Information on Your Residence’s Property Tax Assessment
- Checking Your Property Tax Due Date
In the Leflore County the Tax Collector is responsible for many duties including the following:
- Collecting Fees & Taxes
- Dispensing Proceeds to State and Local Agencies
- Taxing Authorities
The Tax Collector also provides other services including, but not limited to:
- Trailer Registration
- Motor Vehicle Registration
- Boat Registration
- Collection of Sales Tax
- Title Applications
- Issuance of Occupational Licenses
- Issuance of Hunting Licenses
- Issuance of Fishing Licenses
The Leflore County is lumped in the subdistrict two of the 7th Chancery Court District of Mississippi.
The Chancery Court is the trial court. This court has jurisdiction over matters consisting of domestic cases, equity, sanity hearings, guardianships, wills, and challenges to the constitutionality of the state laws. Also, land records will also be filed through the chancery court.
The court in Leflore County is one of nineteen county courts in the United States that has jurisdiction over eminent domain proceedings along with juvenile matters within the county limits. The Leflore County Judge will also serve as the youth court judge as well.
First and foremost, the Circuit Court originally had jurisdiction over all criminal and civil matters that are not exclusively in another court. Majority of the Circuit Court cases will be heard by juries.
As of current, the following people reside as judges in the Leflore County Circuit Court;
- Hon. Carol White-Richard
- Hon. Margaret Carey-McCray
- Hon. Richard A. Smith
- Hon. W. Ashley Hines
Leflore County also has a Justice Court. The Justice Court is to serve the general public by processing all civil actions, which do not meet the $2500.00 threshold and is a misdemeanor criminal charges that is in accordance with section 9-11-11 in the Mississippi Code.
The Justice Court will also handle some felony cases but on a preliminary basis.
When it comes to the Justice Court, the distinction between criminal and civil cases will be vital. Within a civil case, a contested matter a trial will occur between two parties. While in a criminal case the trial is between an individual and the State of Mississippi.
The Justice Court has complete jurisdiction over every single traffic citation that is issued within the Leflore County limits by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Public Service Commission, Leflore Sheriff’s Department, along with the Mississippi Valley State University Police.
Along with all Affidavits and wildlife citations within the Leflore County limits are also handled in the Justice Court.
The Leflore County Justice Court has the following judges:
- Northern District: Hon. James E. Campbell
- Central District: Hon. James K. Littleton III
- Southern District: Hon. Carlos. D. Palmer
Court Fines and Tickets
When you need to pay your court fines and/or tickets, you can follow the instructions on the invoice you’ve received, or you can simply pay your fine online. If you opt-in to pay your court fines and fees online, you will also be paying a small service fee.
You can also pay your court fines and tickets by phone by calling (877) 793-7925 during Monday through Friday 8 AM to 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM.
In Leflore County, the Constables are elected by their perspective districts. The Constables will have county-wide jurisdiction. The Constables will have the power to serve civil processes along with the making of arrests in Leflore County.
The Constables as of 2019 are the following:
- Southern District: Andrew McQueen
- Northern District: James S. Pernell
- Central District: Vonzell Self
Fredrick L. Banks also known as Ricky to the locals is the Leflore County Sheriff. Banks was born right here in Leflore County. He has resided within the county lines minus for the three years when he served our country in the military.
Banks is married to his wife, Ann. Together they have one daughter, who is also happily married in Leflore County with three children of her own.
Banks started to work with the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department back in January 1972. He was the Chief Deputy from June 1972 until November of 1979 when he was elected Sheriff. He took the office of the Sheriff in January of 1980. Banks is currently serving his seventh term.
Throughout the years, the Leflore County has grown from only 5 deputies up to having twenty full-time deputies, alongside part-time deputies, and volunteers.
With the Leflore County under Sheriff Banks guidance, there was a new Sheriff Department facility built. It is located on Baldwin Road right next to the Leflore County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office opened their doors in January of 2007.
The Leflore County Sheriff’s Office main mission is to provide the best possible service and law enforcement protection to all residents of Leflore County. The protection and welfare of the citizens are the Sheriff’s Office number one priority.
The Leflore County Sheriff’s Office main duties include, but not limited to:
- Arresting Suspects
- Investigating Complaints
- Emergency Response
- Maintaining the Leflore County Jail
- Executing Warrants
- Criminal Investigations
- Court Security
Leflore County Jail
The Leflore County Jail is a medium-security detention center. The facility is nestled in Greenwood, Mississippi. The Leflore County Sheriff’s Office is the law enforcement responsible for overseeing the day to day activities and operation of the Leflore County Jail.
The Leflore County Jail only houses both adult male and adult female inmates. This facility does not house juvenile inmates.
The inmate population is mostly made up of inmates who are currently waiting for their trial to begin and inmates who are already sentenced. Not all inmates in the facility are residents of Leflore County. The Leflore County Jail works closely with other law enforcement agencies in and around the county. They frequently will take in people arrested by the Greenwood Police Department due to the fact they do not have their own long-term lock-up area.
The Leflore County Jail receives new inmates on the daily. They also release inmates daily that have posted bail, finished their sentence, and put on probation.
Inmates in the Leflore County Jail will have many programs and services to partake in. These services and programs include, but not limited to the following:
- Educational Programs
- Religious Services
- Recreational Programs
- Inmate Mail
- Substance Abuse Programs