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:
COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE - Call 466-2638 or visit web site.
RECORDER'S OFFICE - 466-2670 or visit web site.
ASSESSOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2831, fax 466-3931 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can now file assessment lists online:
COUNTY COMMISSION - Call or leave message at 466-3666.
MT. VERNON LICENSE OFFICE - Call 466-4087.
UNIVERSITY EXTENSION OFFICE - Call 466-3102.
TREASURER'S OFFICE - Call 466-2662.
PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2846.
Truman Day; county offices closed
Lawrence County's unofficial election results released
Unofficial results of the April 2021 city/school/road election in Lawrence County can be found here.
New emergency management director assumes duties
(Lawrence County Commission, March 1, 2021) Lawrence County’s new emergency management director is Grant Selvey of northeast Lawrence County. Commissioners hired him from a field of six candidates Feb. 25. He began duties March 1. His office is in the Historic Courthouse.
Previously the county contracted with the City of Monett for the service.
Commissioners expressed their appreciation to the City of Monett for its partnership over the past seven years, and particularly to Bonnie Witt-Schulte, who has served as emergency management director during that time.
The county began advertising the position after the City of Monett advised it did not want to continue the contract. “We believe this agreement has been a benefit to both parties; however, with the additional duties that have been assumed by the City’s Emergency Management Director relating to the provision of E911 and general dispatching services for all of Lawrence County, we don’t believe that we can continue to provide the service that is commensurate with your expectations,” said the letter from Monett Mayor Mike Brownsberger.
Prior to its contract with Monett, the county employed its own emergency management director to plan, direct and coordinate city and county emergency/disaster planning, mitigation, response, resilience and recovery activities, including grant submissions and compliance, and coordination with FEMA/SEMA.
Selvey retired from law enforcement after 10 years of service and has been self-employed the past 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and POST certification through the Springfield Law Enforcement Academy.
Lawrence County Health Dept. updates:
(Lawrence County Health Dept., March 25, 2021) We preface our weekly update with sad news. The passing of another Lawrence County resident who was in their 60's. We send our condolences to the family and friends of this loved one.
(Lawrence County currently has 2 cases in isolation.) This is the first time we have seen single digit isolation numbers in many, many months. It's thrilling to see the number of cases decrease every week and we are hopeful this will continue.
We encourage our residents to seriously consider vaccination if you are able. If you would like to read more about the vaccines here is a great page that may answer some of your questions if you are hesitant. At the bottom of the page it addresses many of the rumors floating around. https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/
(Lawrence County Health Dept., Feb. 23, 2021) We are sad to report 2 more COVID related deaths since our last post - a person in their 80s and one in their 90s. We send our condolences to the family and friends of these loved ones. We also have several people currently hospitalized due to complications from COVID.
While it is wonderful that our numbers have decreased considerably everyone still needs to be mindful that the virus is still circulating. It is tempting to want to go back to "life as normal", but we are not quite there yet. We all need to continue taking prevention measures. We cannot stress that enough.
It is such a good feeling to be vaccinating so many of our residents. To see such happy, eager faces at our clinics brings us joy. We hope to continue to vaccinate more and more of our residents as we get shipments. We know the rollout has been slow, but we are starting to see an increase in both supply and vaccinating sites in the area. The months ahead are looking promising!
(Lawrence County Health Dept., Feb. 9, 2021)
We received notification of two additional COVID-19 related deaths. A woman in her 60's and a man in his 80's. We send our condolences to the families of these loved ones.
Our total case count grew by 140 since January 28th, 2021. Numbers have continued to stay at a smaller daily volume, however, this does not mean it is a good idea to ease up on your prevention efforts.
We are continuing our COVID-19 vaccination efforts. We received 300 doses this week and are in the process of calling people on our waiting list in the order they signed up. As we receive shipments, we will continue this process. We are never guaranteed that orders will be fulfilled by the state. We do our best to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to vaccinate our residents who fall within the current priority groups with what we do receive.
(Lawrence County Health Dept., Jan. 28, 2021)
We received 200 doses of Moderna vaccine this Wednesday, Jan. 27, and have already made appointments for these spots from our waiting list. We are continuing to add to the waiting list for any additional vaccine we receive (we don't know when that will be), but you must fall within the phases listed here https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/ Please review these phases before you call 417-466-2201. As of right now, calling our office is the only way to get on this list. We will not take names from facebook comments.
(Lawrence County Health Dept., Jan. 22, 2021) We are starting a waiting list for people who live or work in Lawrence County and fall within the following phases ONLY. This is per the State of Missouri guidelines.
• Phase 1A
• Phase 1B- Tier 1
• Phase 1B- Tier 2
To see where you fall in the phases go to https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/
If you are not in the above phases, you will not be added to the list at this time.
Please be patient when you call us at 417-466-2201. We have limited staff and phone lines.
Governor appoints David Cole circuit judge
(Office of Governor Mike Parson, Jan. 29, 2021) Today, Governor Mike Parson appointed David Cole as Circuit Judge for the 39th Judicial Circuit. He will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Jack A.L. Goodman to the Southern District Court of Appeals.
Mr. Cole, of Cassville, is currently a partner at Ellis, Cupps & Cole Law Firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law.
Governor appoints Mathew Kasper associate circuit judge
(Office of Governor Mike Parson, Jan. 29, 2021) Today, Governor Mike Parson appointed Matthew Kasper as Associate Circuit Judge for the 39th Judicial Circuit. He will fill the Associate Circuit Judge vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert George.
Mr. Kasper, of Mount Vernon, currently serves as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Lawrence County. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Arkansas Tech University and a master's degree in divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Kasper earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Governor appoints Pam Robertson as recorder of deeds
Governor Mike Parson has appointed Pam Robertson as Lawrence County recorder of deeds, filling a vacancy that occurred with the passing of Gary Emerson on Nov. 5, 2020.
Robertson retired from the position two years earlier; but she interrupted that retirement to help out in the office after Emerson became seriously ill from COVID-19. The county commission appointed her acting recorder of deeds after Emerson's passing.
Officeholders sworn in Dec. 31, 2020
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.