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Taylor W. Burks - Boone County Clerk

Taylor Burks - Boone County Clerk


Taylor W. Burks was appointed as Boone County Clerk by Missouri’s Governor in July 2017, and sworn into office on July 31st, 2017, following the retirement of longtime Boone County Clerk Wendy S. Noren. The County Clerk is a county-wide official, elected to a four-year term during midterm election years.


Taylor began his public service by working for US Congressman Bill Thomas, Chairman of the US House Committee on Ways and Means, and later for Missouri Senator Jack Goodman, Chairman of the Missouri Senate Government Affairs and Fiscal Oversight Committee. After that, Taylor joined the US Navy, serving over seven years on active duty as a Lieutenant, and continuing his service in the US Navy Reserves. While on active duty, Taylor continued his support for civic engagement by filling the role of Voting Assistance Officer, helping deployed servicemembers register and exercise their right to vote. Taylor’s active and reserve service has taken him to 14 countries, two deployments, and one combat zone. His tours include Assistant Supply Officer/Disbursing Officer onboard USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58); Director of Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville-Site Key West; Operations Officer for NR Fleet Logistics Center Bahrain; and Operations Officer for NR Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka (Japan).

After returning to Columbia, Missouri from active duty, Taylor joined the University of Missouri, first as business manager for OB/GYN at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, and later as Director of Logistics & Asset Management for the University of Missouri System. Taylor has earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice Systems at Truman State University, a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and his Master of Accounting at Washington University in St. Louis.

Taylor and his wife, Elyse, have been married for 10 years, with three young sons and a friendly, energetic Dalmatian named Truman.

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