Gov. Parson to appoint new county clerk

Monday, January 25, 2021

Ennis, McKinney nominated by Republican, Democrat committees

A new Barry County clerk will soon be appointed by Gov. Mike Parson, and both the Republican Central Committee and the Democrat Committee have submitted recommendations to his office.

For the Republicans, Joyce Ennis, current deputy clerk, is the recommendation. She was chosen in a vote by the 29-member committee on Jan. 12, one of five total people interested in the position.

For the Democrats, Brenda McKinney, former Walmart employee now living in Seligman, was the choice. She was the only candidate and was chosen by the 17-member committee via email vote due to COVID-19, finalized on Dec. 28, 2020.

David Cole, Barry County Republican Central Committee chairman, said all five people interested spoke at the Republicans’ meeting.

“They all spoke well, and we have confidence the Governor will pick a good clerk,” he said. “We as the committee can make a recommendation, be it one person or from a group, but we have traditionally picked one person to recommend.”

Others that spoke to the committee included: Bob Bartlesmeyer, Terri Johnson, Julie Keeler and Monzell Hagins.

Cole surmised Ennis was chosen because she works in the office now, and people are familiar with her.

Maella Blalock, Barry County Democrat committee chairwoman, said McKinney most recently ran for the state House seat against Scott Cupps.

“She was in marketing with Walmart and lives in Seligman now, and she would be a great clerk,” Blalock said. “The decision by the committee was unanimous, and a packet with her information has been submitted to the Governor.”

Current Barry County Clerk Jill LeCompte announced in early December she would resign from her position, effective Jan. 31. She cited devoting more time to her family after her husband’s death as the reason for stepping down.

“We will miss Jill,” Blalock said. “She was phenomenal and well-respected by the Democrat and Republican committees.”

LeCompte’s replacement will complete her term, which expires in 2022. The Clerk’s Office said Parson’s Office made contact Monday, saying it would announce the appointment in 48 hours, and LeCompte will swear in her replacement on Friday at 2 p.m.

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