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Madison County Sheriff's Office

Serving the Citizens of Madison County, Since 1836.
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Notable and Notorious Residents of Madison County

Birthplace of outlaw and lawman John Selman, best known for murdering outlaw John Wesley Hardin in 1895.

Orval E. Faubus (1910 to 1994), governor of Arkansas during the desegregation days, was from the Combs community near Huntsville. He is buried in Combs Cemetery.

Danny L. Patrick (1941 to 2009), former Madison County educator and superintendent, served as a Republican in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1970. He was also a school board member in the Huntsville-St. Paul district.

Winford Phillips who opted for a career in law enforcement, starting as an Arkansas State Police radio dispatch operator in 1964, then joined the ranks as a Trooper two years later. His assignments over the years included serving as Commander of State Police Highway Patrol, Troop L at Springdale, and Director of the Arkansas State Police, Little Rock. Retiring in 2011 with 42 years of service. While serving as an Arkansas State Trooper, Phillips devoted 26 years to the Arkansas Army National Guard, where he was deployed to active status in the Persian Gulf War returning as a decorated veteran of both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Ralph Francis Baker (1938 to 1998), Madison County Sheriff from 1973 until 1998 when his automobile was swept into the White River while crossing a low water bridge resulting in his drowning death on January 5, 1998.

Robert G, Howard (Junior) U.S. Marshal, Arkansas State Police Trooper, and finally The Director of The Arkansas State Police, retiring in 2012.

Rex Douglas Terrell, he was murdered in Madison County at his place of work, Fredrick's Grocery, in Huntsville, AR on 30 July 1977. The case remains unsolved.

Billie Jean Phillips, she was murdered in her Madison County home on September 2, 1994. The case remains unsolved and is shrouded in mystery. Clint Eugene Phillips was accused, tried, and acquitted of her murder in 2003 by a jury trial.

David McElyea, a longtime resident of the county penned a book titled When Money Grew on Trees: The True Tale of a Marijuana Moonshiner and the Outlaw Sheriff of Madison County, Arkansas. The book is a tale of David's exploits and his relationship with Sheriff Ralph Baker. In 2009 he committed suicide by slitting his throat in a Fayetteville Walmart Supercenter after being detained for suspicion of shoplifting.