The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is changing some of the ways in which it conducts business.
Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says public access to his department’s office building and jail will be limited until further notice.
Those with an emergency or a complaint needing a deputy to take a report are asked to call the sheriff’s office at (870) 446-5124. Those needing to pay a fine or have a civil process should call the same number for instruction on how to proceed.
Sheriff Wheeler says unless there are drastic developments, Newton County residents will not likely see any notable differences in how patrol deputies and investigators are conducting business. He says his department still takes the protection of its citizens and visitors very seriously and intends to do all it can to keep those who would use a bad situation to take advantage of good people from having any extra opportunity to do so.
Officials in the Newton County Courthouse are taking similar measures and are limiting public access. Sheriff Wheeler says the courthouse will be locked, but workers will be there.
Those with business to conduct with any of the offices in the courthouse should call instead of first visiting the courthouse. The following is a list of county offices and their phone numbers:
County judge (870) 446-5127
County clerk (870) 446-5125
County assessor (870) 446-2937
County collector (870) 446-2378
County treasurer (870) 446-2936
Office of Emergency Management (870) 446-2966
District Court (870) 446-5335