Governing board consists of a representative from 31 districts
Mexico resident and current Audrain County Clerk Shelley Harvey is adding a new accolade to her long list of noteworthy accomplishments: president. She has been elected to serve as the president of the Missouri Association of Counties. "It is an honor to be chosen," Harvey said. "I am hoping to encourage a sense of cooperation, of working together to resolve issues and solve problems, just like we here in Audrain County do."
The Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) is an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting legislation pertinent to all county government agencies that serves as a liaison between state leadership and county governments. The governing board, consisting of a representative from 31 districts along with various affiliates from associate groups, meets six times per year in Jefferson City with a legislative reception in April.
Roger Young, Eastern District Commissioner, who has worked with Harvey for 17 years, spoke about her qualifications for the position. "She knows what she is doing," he said. "The people of Audrain County should be proud that she is going to hold that office. She'll make a good president for MAC."
The challenge involved in the appointment, according to Harvey, will be adjusting to having to see how an issue affects many groups at once. Harvey, however, is up to the challenge. "I am looking forward to it," she said.
Harvey began her service in 1981 in the Voter Registration department. In 1994, she ran for election to the post of County Clerk, and is currently serving her fifth term in that office. From the old paper ballots to the punch card system to the first optical scan system in 2003 to the new updated optical system installed in 2012, Harvey has supervised many changes in her time of office in regard to voter registration and voting procedures.
It is the experience with the various divisions her office faces in Audrain County that has helped Harvey prepare for this position. In addition to voter registration and voting regulations, the Audrain County Commission is responsible for preparing the annual statement, compiling the budget, collecting tax revenue, paying the county's bills, handling payroll, notary commissions, liquor licenses, and serving as the Human Resources department.
For any young person thinking of a career in county government, Harvey offers some advice. "First, you have to be a people person, you have to have people skills when serving the public," she said. "Next, you have to be flexible, have to think 'outside the box' and not be rigid when handling issues."
In her 'spare' time, Harvey enjoys spending time at the lake in any season. She is especially proud of and enjoys spending large amounts of time with her grandchildren. "I just adore them," she said with a warm smile.