Kendell Mason, the Bourbon County Clerk, resigned this week.
“I sent my notice of resignation to the governor and to the Republican party on August 23rd,” Mason said. “September 13th will be my last day with Bourbon County.”
Mason was appointed as Bourbon County Clerk in October of 2012 and then elected in November of 2012, 2016 and 2020, she said.
“There are many reasons I have decided to leave, but it is time for me to do something different,” Mason said. “I am going to work for the Southeast Kansas Health Department, located in Fort Scott, and I am very excited to have this opportunity.”
“I would like to thank everyone that has supported me over the years,” she said. “I have an excellent staff of two full-time employees and one-part time employee. I appreciate their loyalty and commitment and couldn’t have done this job without their help.”
“Doretta Neville is my deputy and will be filling in until a replacement has been appointed by the Republican party and then approved by the governor,” Mason said.
Mason explained some of the duties of the position:
“Some of the main duties are all aspects of elections, setting the property tax levies on all property in Bourbon County, calculating budgets for approximately 30 taxing entities, doing Homestead Taxes for Kansas residents, and completing state abstracts. The list of duties for this job is endless and requires constant multitasking and keeping up with the laws and statutes that govern this position. This job takes years of experience to learn.”
The process to select a new clerk is underway.
The Republican party will meet on September 9. at 6 p.m. at the Empress Event Center, 7. N. Main for the purpose of selecting a new county clerk, Mark McCoy, the Bourbon County Republican Party Chairman, said.
Interested parties should send their resumes to Mark McCoy at 2138 Jayhawk Rd., Ft. Scott, KS, 66701 no later than Sept 6, he said.