Menard County is nestled in the Edwards Plateau in the good old state of Texas. Pulled from the 2010 census, its population was around 2,242. The seat is Menard. The county was founded and created back in 1858, which was then later organized in 1871. The county is named after Michal Branamour Menard, who happened to be the founder of Galveston, Texas.

Nearly 8000 Native American inhabitants arrived in the beginning. The Native Americans included Lipan Apache and Comanche.

Back in 1757, Father Alonso Giraldo de Terreros founding the Presidio San Luis de las Amarillas. This was in support for the Santa Cruze de San Saba Mission.

Then in the 1830s, Rezin P Bowie and James Bowie scouted out the San Sba valley looking for a silver mine that the Spanish once believed was in this very area. Unfortunately, the two did not find it, but this is where the Lost Bowie Mine came into play.

By 1870, the Menard County Population jump to 667. Out of the 667, 295 were white and the other 372 were black. The following year in 1871, the county residents were able to elect their own officials. During this time, the Menard County saw a big influx of Mexican immigrants.

It wasn’t until 1911 when the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad Company came to the county. Then in 1929, the gas deposits were tapped into, but they were plugged to the lack of interest. In 1931, the local Parent-Teacher Association started offering free lunches for needy children within the county.

Back in 1934, the Texas Relief Cannery came into operation. It was thanks to the Drought Relief Program was brought to the county for the sheep and cattle that were in the area with ranchers.

Gas was then redrilled back in 1941. During this time, it produced nearly seven million cubic feet. In 1946, there was a small oilfield that was discovered just northeast of the Fort McKavett. However, unfortunately, it was abandoned the next year.

By the 1960s, the gas and oil production averages around 270,000 barrels each year. Then in the 1980s, only twenty of the original 40 oilfields were still active. They were producing an average of 185,000 barrels each year.

County Clerk

Christy Eggleston is Menards County Clerk. She will oversee many things including voter registration, helping you apply for a death or birth certificate, and everything related to the court of appeals.

Voter reigstration is vital part of your rights as a resident of Menard County. You will want to apply immediately. You can apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Is a US resident

  • Resident of the county where you submitted your application from

  • Either 17 years and 10 months old, and will be 18 years old when Election day comes

  • Not a convicted felon

If you are already registered, you will need the following information to help you with the search:

  • Your Texas driver’s license

  • Your Voter Unique Identifier

  • First and last name

If you are requesting an official public record copy, there will be fees associated with it. You will need to pay these fees to the county clerk before you can receive them. The fees are listed below:

  • First page will cost $28.50

  • Every page thereafter is $4

If you are in need of your birth certificate or your loved ones death certificate, you will need to head on over to the Texas Vital Statistics. This will be the fastest option to get the documents you need in a timely manner.

County Treasurer

The Menard County Treasurer has an important role when it comes to the fiscal operations of the Menard County government. The County Treasure is the Menard county’s banker and the chief custodian of county finances.

The Menard County Treasurer will receive money that belongs to the county from various sources. It is their job to keep and maintain the money in a specific depository, while also paying and applying the money as directed by law.

The Menard County Treasurer will always be required to keep all funds for the county in the specific depository. Most counties will have funds stashed away in local banks and the treasurer will be the chief liaison between the bank and the county.

All funds that belong to the county, will be brought to the county treasurer. There are certain funds like money in the registry of a court, or child support payments that are handle through certain types of court orders. However, all other fines and fees will be paid directly to the county treasurer.

Tax Assessor

Tim Powell is Menard County Tax Assessor. The Tax Accessor job duties is to oversee the following items:

  • Vehicle title

  • Vehicle registration

  • Vehicle transfer notifications

  • Annual permits

  • Replacement titles

  • Bond title rejection letters

  • Apportioned registration

  • Title history inquires

County Attorney

The Menard County Attorney is Tom Roberson. Tom Roberson full name is Thomas Ross ’Tom Roberson’ Roberson. Roberson attended St. Mary’s University. Roberson graduated in May of 2007. Roberson graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.). Roberson bar card number is 240949476. He got his Texas license back in November of 2007.

Roberson primarily practices in Menard County, Texas. His mailing address is:

Primary Practice Location: Menard, Texas

P O Box 25

Menard, TX 76859

Roberson primary will practice in these following areas:

  • Government/Administrative

You can find Roberson in the Menard County Courthouse regularly.

County Judge

When it comes to the Menard County, Texas. The County Judge that the locals elected is the Honorable Richard Cordes. Cordes term will be up at the end of 2022. During this time, the county will be able to elect another judge of their choice.

Constables

In Menard County Precinct 1 Constable is Lee Callan. Callan mailing address is as follows:

P.O. Box 398

Menard, TX 76859

Justice of the Peace

First and foremost, the Justice of the Peace office was originally created by the Constitution. The Justice will oversee ALL Criminal Class C Misdemeanors.

A Class C Misdemeanors will include any of the following situations:

  • Penal Code

  • Traffic Code

  • Education Code

  • Health and Safety Code

  • Alcohol & Beverage Code

  • Parks and Wildlife Code

The Civil Justice Court has a jurisdiction limit of $10,000 along with the Small Claims Court being the same $10,000 as well.

The Justice of the Peace also looks over many other administrative actions. These administrative actions include, but not limited to the following:

  • Appeals on concealed handguns

  • Driver license suspensions

  • Illegal lockouts

  • Peace bonds

  • Magistration

  • Illegal towing

  • Search warrants

The Justice of the Peace is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any emergency search warrants, mental warrants, death inquests, and arrest warrants.

Rober C. Hernandez is a Judge that is in the Justice of the Peace court. He is currently in his seventeenth year in the office in Menard County. He was elected back in 2002, but he was sworn into office in early 2003. Hernandez is a Menard County native.

Sheriff

The Menard was once called Menardville. This was formed back in 1858. The next year Fort McKavett was closed. This left settlers without any sort of protection from the Indians. Then after the Civil War, the Fort McKavett opened again.

It wasn’t until 1871 when the county was organized. This was when the county finally received their county court back in 1872.

Over the years, the Menard County Sheriff’s Office grew. There were some difficulties along the way, but as of late the elected sheriff in the office is Buck Miller.

The Menard County Sheriff’s Office is the law enforcement agency in charge of the day to day operation of the Menard County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office main mission is to protect the community while also giving the dignity to inmates in being held in the Jail as well.

Menard County Jail

Located in Menard, Texas, you will find the county jail of Menard. Menard County Jail is under the management of the Menard County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Office is the agency that oversees all day to day operations of the facility.

The Menard County Jail is a medium-security facility. The facility only houses both adult female and adult male inmates. Juvenile inmates will not be housed in this facility.

Inmates that are in the Menard County Jail are typically residents of Menard County. However, there are some inmates that are not residents of Menard County as the facility accepts inmates from surrounding counties, states, and even on a federal level.

Majority of inmates in the Menard County Jail will either be waiting for their trial or serving out their sentence. Inmates who are serving out their sentence in the facility will have a sentence less than two years. If an inmate was charged, convicted, and sentenced more than two years, the inmate will be transferred to another facility to serve out their time.

The Menard County Jail surpasses both state and national standard levels.

The Menard County Jail uses VINELink as their way of allowing the general public to search and keep track of inmates. If you would like to keep track of an inmate, you will need to know their first and last name or court case. You can get alerts by text, phone, or email.