Audrain County Clerk Shelley Harvey can now be referred to as the President of the Missouri Association of Counties (MAC). However, she will not actually take the office officially until January 1, 2014.
Harvey started working as the voter registration clerk in 1981 for the previous county clerk. She ran for the county clerk position in 1994, and then took office in January of 1995.
While Harvey will still fulfill her duties as County Clerk, she will have new responsibilities to perform as president of the MAC. The association board meets about six times a years and holds two conferences a year.
Harvey started out on the MAC board of directors, then went before the nominating committee to be placed on the slate of association officers.
Each year, Harvey had to reappear before the nominating committee for consideration to advance. She became the MAC treasurer, then third-vice, second- vice, and then president-elect. Following her one year term through 2014, she will stay on the executive board in a past president capacity for another year.
“MAC acts sort of like a liaison between the counties and the state legislature, they watch the lobbying efforts that are pertinent to county government, or anything that would affect the citizens,” Harvey explained.
There are 114 counties in the state of Missouri. The association membership numbers more than 1,400 county elected officials and is composed of presiding and associate commissioners, county clerks/election authorities, recorders, auditors, collectors, prosecutors, sheriffs, assessors, treasurers, public administrators, circuit clerks, and coroners.
“I would just like to continue to see that MAC grows and continue to watch after the needs of the county. One common theme that I have noticed when I go to any sort of meeting is that we need to encourage everyone to work together within the organization, as well as to reach out to other entities to work on projects together,” Harvey said. “Because of the tough economic times we’re in now, it sometimes takes more than one entity to be able to accomplish a certain goal and we have done that here in Audrain County.”
She was officially sworn in on this past Monday evening at the 42nd Annual Conference and Expo at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.