Lawrence County Courthouse Justice
Lawrence County Courthouse Justice

Photo of Lawrence County Courthouse with Lady Justice and U.S. flag

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Lawrence County Justice Center
Lawrence County Justice Center

Lawrence County, Missouri, Justice Center with Courthouse 2009

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Lawrence County Courthouse Justice
Lawrence County Courthouse Justice

Photo of Lawrence County Courthouse with Lady Justice and U.S. flag

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The Historic Courthouse is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. If you visit, please remember social distancing and other health guidelines. It is still preferable to do as much of your business online or by telephone as possible.
You may contact the following offices at these numbers:

HEALTH DEPT. - Call 466-2201 or visit web site.


COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE - Call 466-2638 or visit web site.

COLLECTOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2410. Receipts and statements are available on the web site, You can now pay by phone: 1-800-652-0405

RECORDER'S OFFICE - 466-2670 or visit web site.

ASSESSOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2831, fax 466-3931 or e-mail You can now file assessment lists online:

COUNTY COMMISSION - Call or leave message at 466-3666.



TREASURER'S OFFICE - Call 466-2662.

PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2846.

​We encourage you to follow Lawrence County Health Dept.'s Facebook page for COVID-19 related updates specific to Lawrence County.
Oct. 20

Last day to request mailed absentee ballot

Oct. 30

Clerk's office open Saturday 8-12 for absentee voting.

Nov. 1

Last day for in-person absentee voting

Nov. 2

Special Election

Nov. 11

Veterans Day

County news

Special Election Tuesday, Nov. 2


(Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe, Sept. 20, 2021) November 2, 2021 Special Election Information, Lawrence County and the City of Mt Vernon


Absentee ballots for the November Special Election will be available on September 21, 2021.


 The last day to register to vote for the November 2, 2021 Special Election is October 6, 2021

Missouri law requires that requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Second Wednesday prior to Election Day (October 20th) if the ballot is to be mailed. You must furnish your name, physical address, date of birth, last four digits of your Social Security Number, reason for voting absentee and your signature.


Requests for applications by guardians or relatives within the second degree by consanguinity must be made in person at the County Clerk’s office.


The Courthouse office of the County Clerk will be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. to noon on October 30th.


The deadline for absentee voting in person in the office of the Election Authority is 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election (November 1st)


An Absentee request form and sample ballots may be found on our website:

County asking 3/8-cent for new jail, law enforcement facility


Lawrence County voters will be asked Nov. 2 to approve a 3/8-cent sales tax to build a larger, more secure jail and sheriff’s office.  After the construction is paid off, 1/8 cent of the tax would be retired. The rest would be retained for maintenance and operation of the facility and other public safety related costs. The measure requires a simple majority to pass.

The action has been years in the making, and the county has been saving toward the construction cost. However, it received a huge boost recently when the City of Mt. Vernon agreed to provide an 8.52-acre lot south of Interstate 44 for a token $1. The caveat: The county must show progress toward the construction within three years and break ground within five or the property goes back to the city.

By acting now, the county also hopes some federal funds might help with the cost. It hopes to use a portion of federal American Recovery Act funds for the air filtration system and other qualifying construction costs.

The county commission has contracted with a seasoned jail architectural firm, Elevatus Architects, to develop plans for a safer, more secure facility designed for efficiency of operation and the ability to expand in the future.  Law enforcement offices that are now spread among three buildings would be combined under one roof.

The facility would be constructed within a new development area south of I-44 to be known as Mt. Vernon Commercial Park South.  Initial access would be from a road to be known as Missouri Drive off  the south outer road.

Notice of Use Tax


(Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe, Sept. 20, 2021) Lawrence County, Missouri previously adopted a use tax, which is currently in effect. A use tax is the equivalent of a sales tax on purchases made from out-of-state vendors by in-state buyers and on certain taxable business transactions. The use tax rate for Lawrence County is currently 2.125 percent which is equal to the total local sales tax rate. Certain purchases from out-of-state vendors will become subject to an expansion of the use tax effective on January 1, 2023, as provided by state law.

If any local sales tax is repealed or the rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be deemed to be repealed, reduced, or raised by the same action.

I, Tammy Riebe, County Clerk for Lawrence County, Missouri, do hereby certify that the foregoing is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, correct. Dated this 3rd day of September 2021.

County tax rates set at hearing


The annual public hearing on the county property tax rate was held Aug. 19, 2021, in the Historic Courthouse. County commissioners approved the proposed tax rate is lower than that set at least year's hearing - 0.1011 compared to 0.1216 - due to the sales tax rollback. Proposed levy for the Special Road & Bridge Fund is 0.0992 compared to 0.10 last year.


Census Bureau puts county's population at 38,001


The U.S. Census Bureau puts Lawrence County's 2020 population at 38,001, slightly below the 2010 figure of 38,634. However, another indicator suggests more people are living in Lawrence County than did in 2010. There has been a 1.4 percent increase in individual and household personal property assessment lists returned to the county assessor in the same time period.


The Census Bureau ranks Lawrence County as 31st in population in Missouri's listing of 114 counties and the City of St. Louis.

Lawrence County experienced population drops in 1910, 1920, 1930, 1950 and 1960; but it recorded steady growth from 1960 through 2010.

Lawrence County updates on COVID:


(Lawrence County Health Dept., Sept. 17, 2021) We added an additional 44 cases since our dashboard post last Friday. We are also sad to report 4 additional deaths due to COVID-19 since that time. We send our condolences to the family and friends of these loved ones.

Our percentage of vaccinated individuals ages 12 and older continues to go up a little at a time. (Currently 38.7%) We hope to see that trend continue. We also hope to see the downward trend of new cases continue as well. Have a safe weekend!

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Sept. 10, 2021) We have added 81 new cases over the past 10 days. We are also sad to announce the passing of two Lawrence County residents due to COVID-19. (1 in their 70s and 1 in their 80s). We send our condolences to the families and friends of these loved ones.

We encourage those who have still not been vaccinated to consider doing so. Local hospital data clearly shows the benefits of being vaccinated. It greatly reduces your chance of getting the virus, becoming severely ill from the virus and dying from the virus.

You can call our office to schedule a Monday or Friday appointment at 417-466-2201 or contact your local pharmacy. Vaccines are free! Have a safe weekend.

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Aug. 30, 2021) We are sad to report the COVID-19 related death of a Lawrence County resident in their 70's. We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this loved one.

Our new cases numbers have steadily began to decline over the past couple weeks. As the new school year starts, it greatly helps to keep these numbers down, by not sending children to school if they feel unwell, or if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 outside of school.

We get several calls everyday from people needing testing resources. We do not provide testing here, but our website has a long list of local testing locations

Also, just a reminder that we do not provide any nursing services without an appointment and we also require persons to wear a mask when inside our building.

We are still taking appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. These vaccinations are given Monday's and Friday's by calling 417-466-2201.


(Lawrence County Health Dept., Aug. 20, 2021) Seventy-eight new cases were received since Tuesday morning. We are also sadly reporting 3 more deaths. Two were individuals in their 50's and one in their 70's. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those who passed. Please protect yourself and others:

Get a vaccine

Wear a mask

Physical distance

Have a safe weekend.

(Fully vaccinated as of Aug. 20, 36 percent.)

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Aug. 16, 2021) Since our last dashboard post a week ago, we are sad to announce we received confirmation of another death due to COVID-19, an individual in their 70's. We send our condolences to the family and friends of this loved one.

We added 82 new cases over the past 7 days and are happy to see that daily cases are slowly down.

Vaccination is still very important as is masking and social distancing. Please call our office to schedule an appointment at 417-466-2201. Most pharmacies in the county also carry COVID-19 vaccine.

We are still waiting to hear from the Missouri Department of Health Senior Services about boosters (when we can start giving them and who is eligible). We will share more information on this as soon as it is available.

(Fully vaccinated as of Aug. 16, 33.4 percent.)

Previous COVID-related updates

How to obtain a COVID-19 release letter:

(Lawrence County Health Dept., Aug. 4, 2021) Due to the high volume of COVID-19 cases, we will no longer be providing personalized release letters for positive individuals. Instead, we have a document posted on our website that explains the criteria that must be met in order to be released from isolation. An individual can present this document to their employer, school, etc. ALONG WITH a copy of their positive result. This should be provided to you from the testing facility.

Here is link for the document for employers, etc.: Criteria for release from isolation.

We are still doing our best to make contact with positive individuals as soon as we can. A week ago we started to use a mass texting system. A text will be sent to the phone number associated with the positive result that shares a link with instructions on how to isolate or quarantine until we can make a personal call. This hopefully helps a person get a jump start on knowing what steps they need to take in order to stop the spread.

Many people think the term isolation simply means not leaving the home. To truly isolate, a positive person needs to stay in a separate room (usually a bedroom) away from all others in the home and use a separate bathroom from others if available. All efforts should be made to reduce the spread to others residing in the home. This can also lessen the length of time the others in the home will need to quarantine since it is based on the late date of close contact to a positive person.

Here is the link that explains isolation/quarantine in greater detail. Home isolation/quarantine instructions.

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Road commissioners
Road commissioners

County Clerk Tammy Riebe swears in newly elected and re-elected road commissioners April 15, 2021.

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On Dec. 31, 2020, Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe conducted swearing-in ceremonies for those county officials elected or re-elected in the Nov. 3 General Election. They included (pictured, from left) Assessor Doug Bowerman, Public Administrator Janice Martin, Sheriff Brad DeLay, Western Commissioner David Botts, Eastern Commissioner Tim Selvey, Coroner Scott Lakin and Surveyor Aaron Austin. They all were elected to four-year terms.

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Angel Tree gifts needed by Dec. 2
Angel Tree gifts needed by Dec. 2

A Holiday Central angel tree can be found in the foyer of the Historic Courthouse. People can adopt an angel tag and return the purchased items and tag to the courthouse no later than Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

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Road commissioners
Road commissioners

County Clerk Tammy Riebe swears in newly elected and re-elected road commissioners April 15, 2021.

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