Public Administrator’s Office

Welcome to the Office of the Public Administrator for Vernon County, Missouri.  I am your Public Administrator Kelsey Westerhold.

The Public Administrator is an elected official of the county, who is appointed as guardian and conservator for persons who are judged incompetent by the probate court. The persons served are developmentally disabled adults and mentally ill, as well as the elderly. Another term sometimes used is a public guardian. The Public Administrator manages financial responsibilities as well as physical health needs of persons assigned.

The office hours generally run 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. The Public Administrator is on call 24 hours a days and will arrange for coverage when needed. Calls to the office will be answered by machine when the Public Administrator is out working in the county.