• 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! 

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 27 Miles of Trails...      Come Hike the Lake!

    27 Miles of Trails... Come Hike the Lake!

    Smithville lake will be nothing short of spectacular this fall! The beautiful trees and sparkling lake can be the backdrop of your next family outing. Come explore our trails on foot, bike or horseback. Walk the amazing shoreline or camp fireside. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

  • Eagle Days at the Lake!

    Eagle Days at the Lake!

    The 24th annual Smithville Lake Eagle Days was an amazing opportunity to provide visitors a chance to see magestic eagles and waterfoul outdoors, and nature exhibits and live raptors indoors. Stay tuned to see some of our most amazing Clay County residents... photos from the weekend are on the way!

Oct 31, 2018, 12:14 PM
During the Clay County Commission Meeting on September 10th, Eastern Commissioner Luann Ridgeway proposed freezing the county tax rates for 2018 at the current 2017 levels.
Oct 31, 2018, 12:07 PM
Dean Brookshier submitted his resignation as Clay County Administrator and Chief Budget Officer on July 18, 2018. The Commission accepts Mr. Brookshier's resignation and is thankful for his many years of service to Clay County.
Oct 31, 2018, 11:44 AM
In efforts to safeguard the taxpayers of Clay County against frivolous lawsuits and other litigation, the County Commission has retained Lowell Pearson, partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, as Lead Counsel.
Around the County

For the safety of its employees, Clay County facilities and operations will have a delayed start due to inclement weather. We will open at 10:00AM. Clay County Circuit Court will maintain regular business hours. Stay safe Clay County!


Clay County Departments Double Down Against Winter Weather

CCSnowIce.jpgSnow, freezing rain, and prolonged frigid temperatures and wind chills have affected the metro area, challenging the faculty of many organizations to maintain normal hours and operations. During periods of severe winter weather, several Clay County departments are tasked not only with standard duties but with the extra responsibility to keep employees and citizens safe despite the conditions. Read more and see how you can help us help you keep safe when these winter events occur.  


The Clay County Commission balanced the 2019 Adopted Budget on Monday, January 28, 2019.

The budget process requires cooperation between the finance staff, elected officeholders, outside agencies, and departmental leaders. The 2019 Adopted Budget prioritizes core government services in this order: public safety; safe, smooth roadways; essential public services; and clean, accessible parks.

Clay County is committed to open and accessible financial records. View or download the 2019 budget in our transparency portal!


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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.