Functions of the
Harvey County Clerk's Office
The County Clerk serves as the official Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners
Maintains the Board of County Commissioners official records and minutes of all meetings
Performs all Accounts Payable duties
Prepares Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Rolls
Prepares State Assessed, In Lieu of Tax, and Special Assessment Tax Rolls
Spreads Intangibles Tax on certain budgets for the Tax Roll
Computes tax levies for all entities (87 levies) in Harvey County and prepares and distributes mill levy sheets
Prepares changes and adjustments to original tax roll, abatements, refunds, and added taxes
Maintains tax unit maps
Maintains records of land valuations, ownership and current addresses
Balances and prepares Motor Vehicle Tax Distributions 7 times per year and rental excise tax 2 times per year
Assists in preparing Homestead Claims
Handles road petitions/vacations
Issues hunting and fishing licenses and park permits
Issues house and structure moving permits
Issues cereal malt beverage licenses
Performs checks and balances on County funds through the Treasurer's Daily Statements
Assists 15 townships with their budget preparation and keeps annual reports on file
15 Townships, 7 Cities, 5 School Districts, 2 Fire Districts, 2 Cemetery Districts, 1 Drainage District, and 1 Watershed District must file their budgets in this office by August 25 each year
The goal of the County Clerk's Office is to serve the citizens of Harvey County with courtesy in providing services and information as requested. The County Clerk's Office also serves as the Election Office for the County.
Old Harvey County Courthouse - 1907 to 1966
"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Abraham Lincoln - Gettysburg Address
The County Clerk is elected in November of the Presidential Election years and takes office the second Tuesday in January for a term of four years.
Harvey County Clerk
& Election Officer
Harvey County Clerk History
Harvey County was created from portions of Sedgwick, McPherson & Marion counties by an act of the Kansas Legislature on February 29, 1872.
After Harvey County was created by the legislature, a census of the residents was taken and sent to the Governor along with a petition to temporarily appoint three Commissioners and a County Clerk and assign the City of Newton as the county seat.
Harvey County was officially organized with the signature of Governor James Harvey on April 4, 1872.
Harvey County was named after Governor James Harvey.
The first election in Harvey County was held May 20, 1872 to elect all county officers and set the county seat as Newton.
There have been 25 County Clerks since Harvey County was organized.
1. H.W. Bailey April 1872 - October 1874
2. D. W. Bunker October 1874 - September 1875
3. H. W. Bunker September 1875 - January 1880
4. John C. Johnston January 1880 - January 1888
5. R. H. Farr January 1888 - January 1892
6. L. P. Murphy January 1892 - January 1896
7. S. M. Spangler January 1896 - January 1900
8. John L. Caveny January 1900 - January 1905
9. B. O. Hagry January 1905 - January 1909
10. J. A. Hunter January 1909 - January 1915
11. C. A. Young January 1915 - November 1919
12. A. W. McBurney November 1919 - November 1923
13. C. A. Young November 1923 - January 1933
14. E. S. Spangler January 1933 - January 1935
15. Oscar Jones January 1935 - January 1945
16. C. A. Young January 1945 - September 1950
17. Oscar Jones September 1950 - January 1954
18. Clay E. Hedrick January 1954 - January 1961
19. Wanda H. Benedix January 1961 - January 1965
20. Glen Randall January 1965 - January 1971
21. Kay Grochowsky January 1971 - January 1975
22. Virginia Sharer (McCune) January 1975 - January 1977
23. Margaret Wright January 1977 - December 2004
24. Joyce J. Truskett December 2004 - December 2014
25. Rick Piepho December 2014 - Present