The county assessor is an elected official in county government. The Constitution of the State of Arkansas provides for the election of the Assessor to a two-year term of office with the requirements that he/she be a qualified elector and resident of the county. In the event of a vacancy in the office, the quorum court fills the vacancy by appointment, the appointee serving until the next general election, when a successor is elected and qualified. Before beginning his/her duties, the assessor must enter into official bond, to guarantee his/her proper performance of the duties. This may be accomplished either through the State Fidelity Bond Program , which covers all employees on the payroll, or a Fidelity Bond purchased for the officer. The county assessor must also take the constitutional oath of office.