• One of a Kind...

    One of a Kind...

    Clay County is a premier place to live, work, and play.  We have the thrill of urban development and the comfort of cozy neighborhoods... all surrounded by natural beauty!  At the government level, we strive to supplement our citizens’ experience by doing the core things extraordinarily well.  We deliver safe, smooth roadways outside of city limits; offer a network of parks, recreation, and historic sites; and we are committed to public safety, family-friendly events and public outreach. Our employees are here for you! 

  • Welcome to Clay County

    Welcome to Clay County

    If you are new to the area, just visiting or have lived here forever and are wondering what may be new or exciting... we invite you to head over to www.visitclaymo.com to look through our visitor's guide, check out all there is to see, do and eat! There is something for everyone. Find ideas for romantic getaways, fun things to do with your kiddos or plan a night out with your favorite people. It's all in Clay!

  • Wander Back in Time...

    Wander Back in Time...

    Join us at one of Clay County's many historic sites. Spend an afternoon with Jesse James, go back in time to a one-room schoolhouse or visit the oldest continuously occupied home turned museum in Clay County! You can even plan your wedding at Historic Mt. Gilead Church built in 1833. Plan your adventure back in time... just stop by the Historic Sites and Museums section of our new tourism website then get out there and explore!

  • 27 Miles of Trails...      Come Hike the Lake!

    27 Miles of Trails... Come Hike the Lake!

    Smithville lake will be nothing short of spectacular this spring! The beautiful trees and sparkling lake can be the backdrop of your next family outing. Come explore our trails on foot, bike or horseback. Walk the amazing shoreline or camp fireside. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

Feb 12, 2019, 12:07 PM
Clay County continues to cooperate with all legal requests from the State Auditor’s Office. All financial transactions made in the past two years have been turned over as requested to the audit team, including 300,000 lines of data and more than 1,300 pages of documents. This Commission is confident that the constitutional issues brought forward are serious and far-reaching. Government requires accountability at all levels. The County looks forward to a Judge addressing these matters.
Feb 4, 2019, 4:30 PM
The State Auditor agreed to halt taking further action on a subpoena for records from Clay County today. Both the Auditor and Clay County agree that serious constitutional issues surround the Auditor’s subpoena power, for which a judicial opinion is needed. Continued...
Feb 1, 2019, 3:55 PM
Earlier today the Clay County Commission served Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway with a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment determining the scope of her constitutional authority. The Commission took this action to protect County taxpayers from footing the bill for the Auditor’s unconstitutional actions. Continued...
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Clay County Mourns The Loss
of Clay County Treasurer,
Ted Graves

TedGraves_F.jpgThe County Administration, Leadership and Staff wish to express our deepest sympathies to Ted Graves’ family, as well as his colleagues and friends throughout the community, as we mourn his passing.

The sudden loss of one of our community’s most admired leaders immediately brings to light the indelible mark that Ted left on our community – he was a dedicated public servant who not only made tremendous contributions through his role as Treasurer but also in countless ways throughout his civic, professional and family life. Whether as a coach, teacher or leader in the community, Ted will be missed by many in Clay County who he helped see not only their own full potential but also the full potential of our community. He will be greatly missed, and our prayers will remain with the Graves family during this difficult time.

As Clay County has a responsibility to ensure continuity during this time, the Commissioners will work immediately to appoint an interim treasurer to temporarily serve the duties of the office.

An announcement will be made as soon as possible in this regard but Clay County residents should take comfort in knowing that Ted was diligent in safeguarding our citizen’s tax dollars while efficiently overseeing the county’s finances, which leaves his successor in a position of strength.

In respect for his office, as they mourn, a central contact has been established to handle all inquiries. For additional inquiries, please call 816-407-3549.


IN time for Family Fun Day... The Sand Beaches get a makeover!

Truckloadofsand.jpgThis week 300 tons of sand was delivered to all three sand beaches at Smithville Lake. Over the past couple of decades and several seasons of severe weather, the sand at the public beaches surrounding the lake had become sparse and overrun with weeds. Thanks to the no-tax-increase bond initiative these areas are being restored to a beautiful place for your family to picnic and play! Speaking of… don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s annual Smithville Lake Family Fun Day which will be hosted at the Little Platte Beach. It’s a great opportunity to come to see the newly improved beach. Be sure to bring a bike so that you can ride over to check out the new playground as well! Check out all of the latest Bond Projects updates in the Transparency Portal. Summer is going to be amazing in Clay County!


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We invite you to come explore all there is to see, do and enjoy! From our rich history to family fun or a unique date night, Clay County offers you so many options. Not sure what to do first? Head over to www.visitclaymo.com to help plan your day.

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Clay County Careers

Positions available for those with experience in maintenance, road work, marinas, law enforcement, landscape horticulture, help desk, airport specialist, customer service, golf technicians and more!

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Visit Our Parks & Historic Sites! 

Our vision is to provide Clay County citizens and all visitors a higher quality of life. We strive to provide our visitors with opportunities to explore every interest, hobby and educational program that we have available. We encourage you to come out and explore our parks, historic sites and participate in our programs throughout the year.