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Motley County Information
The county was settled in 1891 and the population was 1,210 at the 2010 census. The county seat is Matador and it is also the largest community. The total area of the county is 990 square miles. The county was named for Junius William Mottley, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Mr. Mottley’s name is spelled incorrectly because the bill establishing the county misspelled his name. Motley County is one of thirty prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas.

The area code in use for this county is 806.

Sheriff’s Office
Chris O. Spence serves as the county sheriff and he can be reached via email motleycountys@yahoo.com or phone (806) 347-2692. You can meet the sheriff in his office at 701 Dundee Ave, Matador, TX 79244.

Sheriff Tanner fulfils many duties including:

  • Serves as a licensed peace officer
  • Manages and operates the county jail.
  • Provides security for the courts.
  • Serves warrants and civil papers.
  • Regulates bail bondsmen in counties with no bail bond board.

    County Courthouse
    The Honorable James B. “Jim” Meador serves as county judge and his office address is 701 Dundee (P. O. Box 719) in Matador, Texas 79244 and the phone number is 806-347-2334.

    As county judge, Honorable Meador’s duties include:

  • Presiding officer of the Commissioners Court.
  • Represents the county in many administrative functions.
  • Serves as budget officer
  • Most have broad judicial duties, such as presiding over misdemeanor criminal and small civil cases, probate matters and appeals from the Justice of the Peace Court.
  • Serves as head of emergency management.

    The Honorable William P. “Bill” Smith serves the 110th district court and his office is at 100 South Main in Floydada, Texas 79235. The phone number is (806) 983-3384

    County Jail
    The Motley County Jail is located on Stewart Street (FM 94) in Matador, Texas 79244. The phone number is 806-347-2957.

    The original jail, a two-story limestone structure, survives from 1891. The first floor housed an office and living quarters while the second held cells and the hanging gallows. Although the gallows were never used, the one Motley County criminal to come closest to the hangman’s drop was a local man named Digger Dansby, convicted and sentenced to hang for killing a local cowboy during a gunfight. Dansby was a well digger and water diviner, a somewhat esoteric skill still used today to locate underground water. Dansby’s value to the community as diviner proved greater than the legal requirements of his incarceration and he could vacate his prison cell whenever his expertise was required. He disappeared for good during one of his jobs, thereby avoiding the noose. By the time capital punishment procedures changed in 1923, prohibiting local authorities from conducting executions, the Motley County gallows had yet to see a hanging, so the county sealed the trapdoor shut. Today, Friends of the Motley County Jail are pioneering efforts to restore and preserve this Texas Historical Landmark.

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