Bowman appointed county collector

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Skyler Bowman, left, new Barry County collector, was appointed by Gov. Mike Parson to replace Janice Varner, right, as Barry County Collector. Kyle Troutman/

Former banker to replace Janice Varner

A former commercial loan administrator at Commerce Bank has been tapped to replace Janice Varner as Barry County Collector.

Skyler Bowman, of Cassville, was appointed to the position by Gov. Mike Parson and was sworn into her new post on Wednesday.

Jill LeCompte, left, Barry County clerk, smiles after swearing in Skyler Bowman as the new Barry County Collector on Wednesday. Kyle Troutman/

“I am super pumped,” she said. “So far, it has been good. Janice is a great teacher, and she is at my disposal for any questions I have now or later.

“I’m very excited because I enjoy Barry County, and I look forward to serving the people of Barry County in this position.”

Bowman said she hopes her past experience will help in her new post.

“This was brought to my attention, and I thought it was a great opportunity,” she said. “I think my knowledge in banking will help me.”

Bowman said she sent in her application for collector, and a staff member from Parson’s office offered her the job on July 8.

Kelli Jones, deputy communications director/press secretary, said Bowman was one of two candidates who applied for the job.

"Ms. Bowman was selected because she was the strongest and more impressive candidate," Jones said. "Her private-sector experience was relevant to the office she was seeking. Also, she has great passion for the Barry County community."

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