Welcome to Adair County, Missouri
Located in northeast Missouri, Adair County has a population of 25,165, based on the 2022 census, and covers 569 square miles with the county maintaining approximately 700 miles of roadway.
Adair County was founded on January 29,1841, and was named after John Adair, the eighth Governor of Kentucky. The county seat is located in Kirksville, Missouri.
The county is governed by a three member County Commission led by the Presiding Commissioner. Commissioner’s enact and administer local ordinances, approve budgets, oversee spending, and hire county employees.
Adair County operates and exercises its authority through laws expressly granted to them by the state of Missouri.
Services performed by Adair County include:
- Recorder of deeds
- Property tax assessment
- Property tax collection
- Law enforcement and corrections
- Crime prosecution
- Public conservatorships
- Road and bridge maintenance