What is a County Surveyor?
Updated Blog Post
Are you looking at your sample ballot for the Nov. 8 Arkansas election? There are a lot of jobs on the ballot that people might not know what they do.
Today we highlight the job of a county surveyor.
County Surveyor in Arkansas
The role of county surveyor is one of nine elected executives in county government. But not every county elects a surveyor. In many counties, the surveyor role is a part-time elected job for someone who is a licensed surveyor.
The elected position dates back to pre-licensure days and includes old* job requirements, said Saline County Surveyor Aaron Rasburry. Rasburry, who is working to start a state association of county surveyors, said he discovered that his third great-grandfather held the role in the 1890s.
Term in Office: A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 changed the term of a county surveyor from two years to four years.
The Association of Arkansas Counties 2021 county government salary survey does not include salaries for county surveyors. Rasburry said there's no county budget for him in Saline County and that he's called in on a contractual basis when there's a need for survey work by a county surveyor.
- United States citizen
- At least 21 years old
- Registered to vote in their county
- No fraud or felony convictions
- Must be a person of good character and reputation
- Must be registered as a professional surveyor by the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
Over their four-year term, a county surveyor is responsible for:
- Locating boundaries of specific properties at the request of the assessor
- Establishing disputed property lines upon the request of the county or the courts
- *Acting as the county timber inspector where needed, and determines the amount of timber cut, keeps records, and prosecutes people who remove timber from state-owned lands. (This is an example of an old requirement that Rasburry said he doesn't get called in to do.)
Look at Your November Ballot
Early voting starts Oct. 24 and Election Day is Nov. 8. Find out what is on your ballot at the Arkansas Secretary of State's VoterView website, https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView.
Use our 2022 Arkansas Ballot Issues Voter Guide to learn about the constitutional amendments on this year's ballot.