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.
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 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.
175th celebration to be rescheduled
Lawrence County's 175th celebration event will be rescheduled. It was originally set April 9.
Road, bridge sales tax up for retention in June 2 election
The longstanding road and bridge sales tax in Lawrence County will be up for renewal on the June 2, 2020, ballot. Voters first approved the sales tax in 1984, and have voted in favor of renewing it each of the five times it has come up for renewal. This time it will be presented without an expiration date. The sales tax supports the 15 road districts in the county.
County clerk outlines 2020 election information
Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe has announced election information for 2020:
PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY - MARCH 10
Register to vote before Feb. 12. Absentee voting: Jan. 28-March 9.
GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION - April 7 (Rescheduled to June 2)
Register to vote before March 11. New deadlines for absentee voting: By mail until March 27; in person until June 1.
PRIMARY ELECTION - AUG. 4
Register to vote before July 8. Absentee voting June 23-Aug. 3
PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION - Nov. 3
Register to vote before Oct. 7. Absentee voting Sept. 22-Nov. 2
Budget hearing Jan. 18
JAN. 2017 NEWS RELEASE FROM COUNTY CLERK GARY EMERSON
A public hearing will be held by the Lawrence County Commission on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, on the proposed 2017 Lawrence County budget.
All documents are available for inspection in the office of Gary Emerson, County Clerk and Budget Officer of Lawrence County.
Monitoring system should save money
JULY 2016 NEWS RELEASE FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSION
Lawrence County commissioners signed an agreement Wednesday, July 27, 2016, that should help cut jail numbers and substantially reduce the cost of housing inmates in other counties.
The agreement with LBS Monitoring, a Lawrence County company, provides for 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week electronic monitoring of inmates approved for the program through the court system.
The numbers are dramatic. Initially, the prosecutor’s office estimated the program could be used for 24 people who might otherwise sit in jail while awaiting a court date or serving a jail sentence for a minor offense. That would enable the county to bring home 18 inmates county taxpayers are currently paying to house in Vernon County because of overcrowding at the Lawrence County Jail. READ MORE >
Lawrence County launches central web site
JULY 2016 NEWS RELEASE
Lawrence County has a new central web site, lawrencecountymo.org.
Visitors will find information on elections, paying taxes, road districts and general county information, among other topics. READ MORE >
Better bridges in Lawrence County Released 5-26-16
UPDATE: Lawrence County Commission voted June 1, 2016, to accept the low bid of $619,750 from Hartman Construction for the next BRO bridge replacement project. Another contractor bid $809,358.
MAY 26, 2016 NEWS RELEASE
Lawrence County is making progress in its efforts to improve bridges across the county. The latest Missouri Department of Transportation inspection reveals that locally maintained bridges have improved “considerably” overall, according to Presiding Commissioner Sam Goodman.
Thirty-nine of the 126 bridges MoDOT inspected were placed on its deficiencies list, but none were rated lower than 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst). Those bridges with worse deficiencies have all been rehabilitated or replaced over the years. (MoDOT only inspects bridges with openings of 20 feet or greater.)