• Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake trails and trailhead restrooms remain open, within the guidelines of the Clay County Public Health Center. Marina slipholders continue to have access to their boat slip and property. Camp Branch Marina will continue to provide boat fueling services, but the bait shop will be closed to the public. Fishing, public docks, boat ramps, boating, parking lots, disc golf and other outdoor activities remain accessible, within the guidelines of the CCPHC. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

  • Welcome to Clay County

    Welcome to Clay County

    If you are new to the area, just visiting or have lived here forever and are wondering what may be new or exciting... we invite you to head over to www.visitclaymo.com to look through our visitor's guide, check out all there is to see, do and eat! There is something for everyone. Find ideas for romantic getaways, fun things to do with your kiddos or plan a night out with your favorite people. It's all in Clay!

  • One of a Kind...

    One of a Kind...

    Clay County is a premier place to live, work, and play.  We have the thrill of urban development and the comfort of cozy neighborhoods... all surrounded by natural beauty!  At the government level, we strive to supplement our citizens’ experience by doing the core things extraordinarily well.  We deliver safe, smooth roadways outside of city limits; offer a network of parks, recreation, and historic sites; and we are committed to public safety, family-friendly events and public outreach. Our employees are here for you! 

  • Wander Back in Time...

    Wander Back in Time...

    Join us at one of Clay County's many historic sites. Spend an afternoon with Jesse James, go back in time to a one-room schoolhouse or visit the oldest continuously occupied home turned museum in Clay County! You can even plan your wedding at Historic Mt. Gilead Church built in 1833. Plan your adventure back in time... just stop by the Historic Sites and Museums section of our new tourism website then get out there and explore!

Update for 6/1: In keeping with the Clay County Public Health Center’s COVID-19 building capacity guides, the Clay County offices will open to the public by appointment only. Appointments are being scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Social distancing rules will apply, masks are not required but recommended and only the entrances on Franklin and Water Streets will be open.  Clay County's essential services will still remain available online or by phone. For Smithville Lake Clay County Parks, visit them here for the most up to date openings. More information will be released as it becomes available. For more information on the current COVID-19 conditions, emergency orders, and recovery plans, please visit the Clay County Public Health Center's COVID-19 page. You can also view the current county Notice of Closure Statement

Nov 15, 2019, 4:55 PM
On November 15, 2019, the Clay County Chief Budget Officer proposed a budget that will ensure spending on government services remains sustainable and properly balanced. Read more.
Nov 8, 2019, 3:53 PM
While the Auditor’s subpoena is completely unnecessary, the County fully intends to comply in an appropriate manner. In fact, our staff had already conveyed to the Auditor’s office that it would produce nearly all of the requested materials, but needed more time given the auditor only provided seven days to produce thousands of pages of documents, and given that County staff are working to meet a November 15 deadline to complete the 2020 budget. Read more...
Sep 23, 2019, 4:03 PM
Our County is committed to upholding each citizen’s fundamental right to be free from the threat of violence and abuse. We would like to invite the public to join us in observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 16, 2019, at 12:30 p.m., with the unveiling of a newly-renovated Resource Center at the James S. Rooney Justice Center. Read more.
Around Clay County
Clay County In-office appointments available starting June 1

In keeping with the Clay County Public Health Center’s COVID-19 building capacity guides, the offices of the Assessor, Collector, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk will open to the public by appointment only. Appointments are being scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Social distancing rules will apply, masks are not required but recommended and only the entrances on Franklin and Water Streets will be open. All visitors are asked to check-in at their chosen appointment time, at the entrance location indicated below for each office. No walk-up service will be available, you must make an appointment for the 1 Courthouse Square offices. Be sure that you have all of your paperwork and payment information with you and ready so that we can safely and quickly process your request.

For the offices of the Assessor and the Collector, click here to schedule an appointment. You will check-in at the north, Franklin Street Entrance.

For the office of the Recorder of Deeds, schedule your marriage license, title research, or document pick up appointment here. All other services can be done remotely or via phone. Call 816-407-3550 for help via phone. You will check-in at the east, Water Street Entrance.

For the office of the Clerk please call   816- 407-3570. You will check-in at the north, Franklin Street Entrance.

The Clay County Annex Building will be available for walk-ups and able to serve two people at a time.

For all other departments and officeholders, please call ahead to schedule an appointment individually.

For assistance with the appointment scheduler or to schedule by phone, you can call 816-407-3650, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

public Comment Period

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Friday, May 29th,
from 4 to 5:00 p.m.

Public Comment period is an opportunity for citizens to voice their questions, comments or concerns about the June 1st commission agenda items.

For those that wish to speak, you must register for a timeslot. The Public Comment phone number is (312) 626-6799, Meeting ID: 81406450769. For more information, please see our Public Comment information page.


May 4, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020 the Commission adopted a revision to 2020-96a that will extend the closure of some buildings to the public and non-essential staff until, June 1, 2020. Certain parts of the County, such as Parks & Recreation, will begin to open earlier. The timeline adopted allows each County office an opportunity to make a plan for transitioning limited staff back to offices, and it also allows the County to continue installing Plexiglass barriers and obtaining PPE supplies. It is important for us to comply with the Clay County Public Health Center orders regarding social distancing and occupancy.

April 29, 2020
The Clay County Health Center's COVID-19 Recovery Plan was released to provide insight and guidance for how the county will move forward. Visit our Community Recovery page for more information and tools.

April 22, 2020
The public health emergency order was amended so that it will now expire on Sunday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m. Read the FAQs and News Release for more details.

April 17, 2020
Clay County Public Health Center announces emergency order has been extended until Friday, May 15 at 12:01 a.m.

March 23, 2020
Clay County Public Health Center confirms three cases of COVID-19 in Clay County announced. Read the news release here.

March 22, 2020
Clay County Public Health Director issues Stay at Home Order. The full Emergency Health Order can be read here. All inquiries should be directed to health authorities as they are a separate entity from Clay County. 

March 20, 2020
Statement on the Liberty Hospital Patient and continued monitoring of Clay County's Health safety.

March 18, 2020
The following policies and protocols were passed by the Clay County Commission on March 18, 2020. Click here for Clay County's statement on the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

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For more information and to stay up to date on ​​​​​COVID-19, visit the Clay County Public Health Center website.

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We invite you to come explore all there is to see, do and enjoy! From our rich history to family fun or a unique date night, Clay County offers you so many options. Not sure what to do first? Head over to www.visitclaymo.com to help plan your day.

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Clay County Careers

Positions available for those with experience in maintenance, road work, marinas, law enforcement, landscape horticulture, help desk, airport specialist, customer service, golf technicians and more!

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Visit Our Parks & Historic Sites! 

Our vision is to provide Clay County citizens and all visitors a higher quality of life. We strive to provide our visitors with opportunities to explore every interest, hobby and educational program that we have available. We encourage you to come out and explore our parks, historic sites and participate in our programs throughout the year.