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List of county executives of Jackson County, Missouri

Presiding JudgeEdit

From 1827 until 1972 Jackson County was headed by a three- member County Commission called a County Court, with a Presiding Judge as the county's chief executive. There was no requirement that a judge be a lawyer, and these "judges" had no judicial authority. The Court reflected the county's divided nature with one judge representing the then-rural eastern areas around the county seat of Independence, while the western judge represented the more urban areas closer to Kansas City. The presiding judge was elected countywide. Courthouses were built in both cities. The most famous presiding judge was Harry S. Truman (later the 33rd U.S. President) who represented the Eastern District before later winning election as presiding judge.[1][2][3] The last presiding judge, George W. Lehr, later served as Missouri State Auditor from 1974 until 1977.

County ExecutiveEdit

In 1970 a new county charter was approved effective January 1973 replaced the County Court with a stronger County Commission, with representatives elected from 11 districts. The 11 districts were reduced to 6 in 1987. A County Executive served as presiding officer.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Jackson County - In The Beginning: 1826-1850". 1916-10-24. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  2. ^ "Jackson County - The Civil War Era Through The World War I Era: 1852-1922". Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  3. ^ "Jackson County - From The Truman Years To The Truman Complex: 1923-1972". 1933-09-07. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  4. ^ "Jackson County - A New Form of Government: 1973-1986". Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  5. ^ "Jackson County - One Century Ends; Another Begins: 1987-2007". Retrieved 2010-04-01.

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