The Justice of the Peace is an elected official in county government. Mississippi County has 11 Justices of the Peace which forms the Mississippi County Quorum Court.
The Quorum Court is the Legislative body of county government. These officers representing 11 districts within the county meet to conduct county business and review ordinances and resolutions for passage. The county judge is the presiding officer over the Quorum Court without a vote, but with the power of veto. This veto can be overridden with a 3/5 vote of the total membership of the Quorum Court.
Mississippi County Quorum Court Justices of the Peace (left to right): Neil Burge, Bill Nelson, Molly Houseworth-Jackson, Michael White, Betty Hepler, Joann Henton, Alvin Clay, Rick Ash, and Howard "Bubba" Norvell; Center is County Judge John Alan Nelson, not pictured is Fred Fleeman and Sylvester Belcher
The Quorum Court may exercise the following powers, but are not limited to:
levying of taxes in a manner as prescribed by law
appropriating public funds for the expenses of the county in a manner as prescribed by ordinances
establishing the number and compensation of elected officials and county employees
providing for any service or performance of any function relating to county affairs
to exercise any other powers necessary for the effective administration of authorized services and functions
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