Craighead County Assessor
Mr Thomas was born and raised in Caraway, Arkansas in the Eastern district of Craighead County, he now resides in Jonesboro. He started in the assessment field in 1985, by going to work for the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department in Little Rock as a field auditor. While with the Assessment Coordination Department, he completed the courses required to become a Senior Appraiser, and the Administrative and Appraiser.
In 1987, He went to work for Craighead County Assessor’s Office as an appraiser and worked under Janet Rorex Trevathan for sixteen years before running for office. Mr Thomas took office as the Assessor in 2001, and currently serving his sixth term in office. Married to the former Anita Qualls of Caraway, have three children, Kristi, Kayla, and Kirkley, and one grandson, Jack.
Assessment Office Duties
The duties of the Assessor’s office is to discover, list, and value all property in Craighead County which includes, personal property, real estate, and business personal property. Personal property is assessed from January 1 to May 31 each year. There is a 10% penalty for assessing after the May 31 deadline.
Real Estate Assessment
Real Estate assessment date is January 1. All new buildings need to be reported to our office. Craighead County is under a state mandated reappraisal; all property is reevaluated every three years.
Homestead credits are filed in our office. If you are not receiving the $350 homestead credit, please call our office to see if you qualify. If you are 100% disabled or 65 years old or older, you are entitled to freeze your assessment at the current value. In order to receive this benefit, we will need a copy of disability from the Social Security office, or copy of a birth certificate or driver’s license to determined age. These documents are required by our state auditors.