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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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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. 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.

Feb. 13

County offices closed for Lincoln Day

County news

2023 budget approved after public hearing Jan. 19


Lawrence County’s 2023 budget invests funds in projects that should benefit Lawrence countians for decades to come. The County Commission approved the budget following a public hearing Jan. 19.

County Clerk Tammy Riebe outlined some of the highlights of the spending plan:

  • Construction of the Law Enforcement Center financed by a dedicated sales tax approved by voters. It will combine law enforcement services under one roof and more than double the capacity of the existing jail, with a design that allows for future expansion. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies will be held Feb. 9.

  • The budget also provides for eight additional jailer positions.

  • Construction of a larger, more modern Lawrence County Health Center to replace the current overcrowded facility. It will be financed with Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. It is currently in the design phase.

  • Tuckpointing to preserve the stonework on the Historic Courthouse; and exterior cleaning and sealing of the Justice Center.

  • New election tabulating equipment to replace equipment that has been in use since 2012.

  • Increases in employee wages. While the eight jail positions are the only new positions added in the 2023 budget, in 2022 the county added four full-time positions: one in the public administrator’s office; one in the collector’s office; and two bailiff positions in the sheriff’s office.

  • As part of its patrol car rotation, the county replaced four in the 2022 budget and will replace two in 2023.


Riebe noted the county is continuing its approach of budgeting conservatively while focusing on spending that provides long-term benefits.

The budget can be viewed online or in the office of the Lawrence County Clerk.

Groundbreaking for Law Enforcement Center Feb. 9


Brief groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Lawrence County Law Enforcement Center will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 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 February 2024.

In case of inclement weather, the groundbreaking may be postponed to Feb. 16.

Did you miss the tax deadline? Here's how you can pay

Lawrence County real and personal property taxes were due by Dec. 31.

You may check how much you owe and pay online at

You also have the option of paying by phone (1-800-652-0405). Follow the prompts. There are extra charges for credit card payments.

You can pay in person at the office of the County Collector. The office is open 8 a.m. to 3:55 p.m., but staff advise taxpayers to arrive by 3:30 p.m. The County Collector's Office is located on the main floor of the Historic Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Mt. Vernon.

Failure to receive a tax statement does not exempt you from paying taxes by the Dec. 31 deadline.

Lawrence County official election results


Nearly 49% of registered voters in Lawrence County cast ballots in the November 2022 general election. County Clerk Tammy Riebe has released official election results: SUMMARY   DETAIL

Teresa Pace appointed public administrator


Lawrence County Commission appointed Teresa Pace public administrator following the resignation of Janice Martin. Pace, who had been serving as deputy public administrator, will serve the remainder of Martin's term.

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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Budget hearing
Budget hearing

County Clerk Tammy Riebe reviews the proposed budget at a public hearing Jan. 19, 2023.

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Ballot issues
Ballot issues

County Clerk Tammy Riebe and deputy clerk Terry Pace post the text from ballot issues voters will be considering Nov. 8, 2022.

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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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Budget hearing
Budget hearing

County Clerk Tammy Riebe reviews the proposed budget at a public hearing Jan. 19, 2023.

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