Barry County Clerk to resign

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

LeCompte cites husband’s death, devoting time to family

Barry County will have a new county clerk in early 2021, as current County Clerk Jill LeCompte has tendered her resignation, effective at midnight on Jan. 31, 2021.

LeCompte’s resignation was submitted to Gov. Mike Parson on Monday.

“It has been such an honor to serve as Barry County Clerk,” she wrote. “Running unopposed in 2018 was one of the highlights of my life. I am grateful for the office holders, their staff and all the citizens of Barry County.

“Unfortunately, due to my husband’s death of COVID-19 on November 4th, I must tender my resignation effective at midnight on January 31st, 2021. I feel this is necessary to enable me to devote more time to my family.”

LeCompte also added if she could be of further assistance, the Governor’s office should not hesitate to contact her.

LeCompte took office following the 2018 election, in which she was unopposed, after former clerk Gary Youngblood ran for and won the Barry County Presiding Commissioner seat.

“I think what I enjoyed most about this job is the people in the courthouse, from all the officeholders and their staff to the license office and the citizens who came in,” LeCompte said. “They are all wonderful, caring and great people. I also enjoyed the election process and getting to know the election judges. I think I have made some lifelong friends in that process.”

LeCompte’s husband, Michael LeCompte, died on Nov. 4 due to complications with COVID-19. He owned Michael’s Hardware store in Cassville.

“I’m sad to resign, but my family needs me,” Jill LeCompte said. “I’d like to be at the store some more. My son is doing an excellent job running it, but with Michael gone, I want to play a bigger role. I also just became a grandma a few weeks ago, and my parents are like 100, well 93 and 89, so I just want to be around more. My kids and my family need me, and to divide my time between this job and them is not fair to the voters, the county’s residents or my family.”

LeCompte said Parson will likely appoint a new clerk. The county’s Republican and Democratic committees may send a nomination, and Parson will appoint.

“This job encompasses a lot of different aspects of county business, from elections to railroad utilities to human resources, so it’s a well-rounded job,” LeCompte said. “I have enjoyed it, and I’m sad to leave it.”

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