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.

Absentee voting
is under way
Oct. 7
Oct. 10
Oct. 12
Nov. 5
Nov. 8

Courthouse, Justice Center closed due to ABMD

County offices closed for Columbus Day

Voter registration deadline

Special Saturday hours for absentee voting 8-noon

General Election

County news

Oct. 12 is last day to register to vote in Nov. election

Absentee ballots for the November General Election began September 27, 2022. In person absentee voting is available in the County Clerk’s office during normal business hours.


The last day to register to vote for the November 8, 2022 Election is October 12, 2022.

Links: Absentee ballot request  Sample ballot   Fair ballot language


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 26th) 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. Request forms are located on the website.


Requests for applications by guardians or relatives within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity 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 8am to noon on Saturday, November 5th.


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 7th).


NO EXCUSE EARLY VOTING begins October 25, 2022 in the County Clerk’s office during normal business hours.

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(Above) County Clerk Tammy Riebe swears in Denise Massie

as recorder of deeds Sept. 1 following her appointment by Gov. Parson


Governor appoints Denise Massie recorder of deeds

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has appointed Denise Massie as recorder of deeds in Lawrence County. She succeeds longtime Recorder Pam Robertson, who resigned effective Aug. 31.

Massie won the Republican nomination for the seat in August. She is unopposed in the November election.

Robertson had been called out of retirement to help after the unexpected passing of her successor, Gary Emerson, in November 2020. Since then, she achieved two major goals she and Emerson had worked toward: digitizing land records back to the county's founding and moving the office over to a new software system.

Circuit clerk's office seeking part-time clerk


(Lawrence County Circuit Clerk's Office - Sept. 8, 2022) - Vacancy coming soon for a Court Clerk position. Job Title: Court Clerk. Job Description:  Basic Function and Responsibility. The Court Clerk position is advanced work using an electronic filing system in a court within the Missouri State Court System. Work Involves responsibility for court case processing which may require the application of independent judgement and the application of statutes, policies and regulations, with minimal supervision. Work requires frequent interaction with the public providing exceptional customer service. Work may also involve financial record keeping within an automated case management system, providing direct support for a circuit judge or associate circuit judge providing a full range of responsibilities within the division’s jurisdiction.

How to Apply: The job will be posted Oct. 1, 2022. After that date, you can apply online at You may also submit a resume by email to


Part-Time Position: 25 Hours a week with Health Insurance and Benefits. Application Deadline: October 14, 2022. Contact Person/Information: Pamela Fobair, (417) 466-2471, Ext. 112.


Official election results released

Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe has released official results of the Aug. 2, 2022, Primary Election in Lawrence County. Nearly 30% of the 25,085 registered voters cast ballots. Summary Precinct Breakdown


Businesses begin collecting 3/8-cent sales tax April 1, 2022


A 3/8-cent sales tax to fund a new jail and sheriff's office in Lawrence County took effect April 1, 2022. The new rate information is available from the Missouri Department of Revenue online. The form is under the heading "April 2022 Sales and Use Tax Rate Changes."


Starting in April 2022, the county and state combined rate will be 6.725. The rate for that portion of Lawrence County in the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District will be 7.225%. Cities in the county with their own sales taxes will see their total rates increase by 3/8 of 1%. The City of Mt. Vernon approved a half-cent sales tax Nov. 2, so its rate will also go up that amount.

Reporting changes as pandemic shifts to endemic phase

(Lawrence County Health Dept.) On March 30th, Governor Mike Parson announced an end to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri and stated the state will be shift to an endemic phase of the pandemic as of Friday, April 1, 2022.

The Department of Health and Senior Services also changed their dashboard to now provide weekly updates that will include 7-day case rate data, activity by region and county, statewide data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, and circulating virus variants.

Because of this change our own county dashboard was also affected. We will no longer have access to use certain data we had previously relied on to support our dashboard. From now on, we plan to share information on local case counts IF we see there is a concerning shift. In the meantime, you can access the state's dashboard below.

Commission approves 2022 spending plan;

all officeholders finish 2021 within their budgets


Lawrence County’s general operating fund should end the year in the black with the budget proposal presented to the public Jan. 12. It expects to take in $4.79 million while spending $4.73 million.

The county is entering 2022 in good fiscal shape, said Presiding Commissioner Bob Senninger;  but it will continue to spend conservatively.

Two other funds the county uses to operate – the Judicial Fund and Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund – are both expected to outspend revenues in 2022 but have reserve funds to allow it. The Judicial Fund operates the Justice Center and pays bailiff and maintenance costs. The Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund supports the sheriff’s office and jail.

In the 2022 budget, the county proposes to:

  • Focus new spending on capital projects;

  • Bring employee pay levels up to the point where the county can comply with upcoming minimum wage increases and remain competitive; and

  • Continue with only modest increases in spending for overall county services.


Every officeholder finished 2021 within budget.

Among highlights of the 2022 budget:

  • In addition to increases in the salary schedule, the county commission opted to absorb a substantial increase in health insurance costs rather than pass the increase on to employees.

  • The only positions added were in the public safety sector. A position was added in the Judicial Fund and a second one added in the Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund. These were needed for bailiff and prisoner transport duties.

  • Sales tax – the biggest source of revenue for county operations – has been up both years of the pandemic, thanks in part to an influx of stimulus money. For 2022, the budget calls for a conservative $1.67 million in revenue on a half-cent sales tax.

  • Together, the county’s three main operational funds – General Revenue, Judicial Fund and Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund – represent $8.5 million in potential spending in 2022. That includes $1.668 million for general county operations (commission, clerk, elections, building and grounds, employee benefits, treasurer, collector, circuit clerk, recorder, court administration/electronic monitoring and public administrator); $4.746 million for public safety (sheriff, jail, justice center, prosecutor, juvenile office and coroner); $863,048 for health department; and $680,507 for other county costs (child support enforcement unit, surveyor, emergency management, insurance/bonds, publications, University Extension and dues). Also included are transfers of $400,000 to other funds (capital projects and equipment replacement) and $150,000 for the emergency fund.


Questions about the budget can be directed to County Clerk Tammy Riebe, 417-466-2638.


Didn't make the tax deadline? Here's how you can pay

Lawrence County real and personal property taxes were due by Dec. 31. But if you missed that deadline, you can still pay in person, by phone or online

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.

Failure to receive a tax statement does not exempt you from paying taxes by the Dec. 31 deadline. You can see how much you owe at

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.

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An image of the Historic Courthouse by Dennis Harter

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Tax sale
Tax sale

Collector Kelli McVey conducts the annual tax sale Aug. 22, 2022, at the Historic Courthouse.

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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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An image of the Historic Courthouse by Dennis Harter

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