Effective August 13, 2020 Adair County Courts have returned to PHASE ZERO suspending in-person court proceedings with limited exceptions. Call the Circuit Clerk's Office at (660) 665-2552 prior to appearing in-person at the Adair County Courthouse.



The North and South Doors of the Courthouse will be Closed Until Further Notice

Please Use the Ground Level East and West Doors To Access County Offices 



About Adair County

Located in northeast Missouri, Adair county has a population of 25,607 (2010 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

Elected Officials in Adair County include:

The majority of county government offices are located in the Adair County Courthouse which is on the city square in Kirksville, Missouri.

The following offices are located on the 2nd floor of the courthouse:

  • Commission
  • Assessor
  • County Clerk
  • Collector
  • Recorder
  • Treasurer

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is located in the Adair County Detention Center at 215 North Franklin in Kirksville, Missouri.

The Public Administrator’s Office and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are both located in the County Annex building at 300 North Franklin in Kirksville, Missouri.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the courthouse, click here.

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