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The Historic Courthouse is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, except for holidays. You may contact the following offices at these numbers:

HEALTH DEPT. - Call 417-466-2201 or visit web site.


COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE - Call 417-466-2638 or visit web site.

COLLECTOR'S OFFICE - Call 417-466-2410. Receipts and statements are available on the web site, You can now pay by phone: 1-800-652-0405

RECORDER'S OFFICE - 417-466-2670 or visit web site.

ASSESSOR'S OFFICE - Call 417-466-2831, fax 417-466-3931 or e-mail You can now file assessment lists online:

COUNTY COMMISSION - Call or leave message at 417-466-3666.

MT. VERNON LICENSE OFFICE - Call 417-466-4087.


TREASURER'S OFFICE - Call 417-466-2662.

PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE - Call 417-466-2846.

April 2

Election Day

County news

Interested in being a poll worker? Applications available


Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe is looking for poll workers for the 2024 election season. An application form with additional information can be downloaded here.


Applications accepted for position in circuit clerk's office


Applications are being accepted for a part-time court clerk position in the office of Lawrence County Circuit Clerk Pam Fobair. The position is 25 hours a week with starting pay of $16.89 per hour, health insurance and benefits.


Resumes can be emailed to Or apply online at Contact person is Pam Fobair,, 417-466-2471, ext. 112.


The Court Clerk position is advanced work using an electronic filing system. It involves court case processing which may require the application of independent judgment and the application of statutes, policies and regulations with minimal supervision. Work requires exceptional customer service skills. It may also involve financial record keeping within an automated case management system, providing direct support for a judge providing a full range of responsibilities within the division's jurisdiction.


Part-time seasonal help sought for collector's office


Lawrence County Collector Kelli McVey is seeking part-time seasonal help for his office in the Historic Courthouse. Applicants must be bondable. Apply in person at the collector's office. A resume is recommended.

Groundbreaking held for new health department


Lawrence County broke ground Thursday, Nov. 2, on a $5.3 million health department building on Missouri Drive. The ceremony was held at the building site at 1549 Missouri Drive, Mt. Vernon. The new health department is made possible by Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds received by Lawrence County.

(Scenes and details from the Nov. 2 groundbreaking.)

Expansion of the health department has been a priority for County Commissioners Bob Senninger, David Botts and Tim Selvey since the pandemic hit in 2020 and they witnessed the effect the cramped conditions and limited facilities had on the overworked staff there.

“The pandemic identified our shortcomings in serving citizens of Lawrence County,” noted Selvey.

With the new facility, the county will be better prepared for future challenges. It also will be better positioned to provide services on a day-to-day basis.

“The new building will improve client comfort, privacy and accessibility, provide larger spaces for services and community education and ensure a safer and more efficient working environment for employees,” said Janella Spencer, health department administrator.

The construction cost includes the building, sitework and a 40x60 outbuilding that the county will share with emergency management. It will be located south of the new 911 center constructed by the Lawrence County Emergency Services Board, and the Law Enforcement Center currently under construction by the county. The county purchased the three-acre site from the City of Mt. Vernon for $1 in September 2021.

Esterly Schneider & Associates is the architect for the health department. Branco Enterprises is construction manager at risk.

The health department has occupied a 6,000-square-foot converted grocery store at 105 W. North St. since 1995. It previously was housed in less than a thousand square feet in the courthouse basement. It is operated with county general revenue and grants.

Construction under way on Law Enforcement Center

Brief groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Lawrence County Law Enforcement Center were held Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at the building site at 1525 Missouri Drive, Mt. Vernon.

The $22 million facility will bring sheriff’s office operations together under one roof and replace the current 1984 jail with a modern, more efficient 120-bed detention center. It is designed to allow two future 96-bed expansions. Voters approved a 3/8-cent sales tax last year to finance the construction. Elevatus Architecture designed the facility; and Nabholz Construction is construction manager at risk.

Tentative completion date is April 2024.

2023 holiday schedule for county offices

Lawrence County Commission has set the 2023 holiday schedule for county offices.


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.

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.

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