Circuit clerk Steve Kahre has announced he will retire from his Lawrence County office at the end of his term.

"I've found it rewarding assisting the citizens of Lawrence County," Kahre said in an announcement addressing his retirement.

At the end of his term on December 31, Kahre will have served 12 years as a circuit clerk. He has been employed with the state's court system for more than 35 years, first as an investigator with the public defender's office after 11 years in law enforcement.

During his tenure as circuit clerk, Kahre oversaw the consolidation of associate and circuit clerk functions, the move to new quarters in the justice center, the transition to an online filing system and the advent of video conferencing, among other notable changes. At the same time, he and his staff of 12 have seen huge growth in the volume of cases, trials and other responsibilities of the office.

Kahre is now working toward another major change in technology for the circuit clerk's office -- the web-based Show-Me Court system set to launch early next year.

Also declining to seek another term in a county office is presiding commissioner Sam Goodman.

"I am truly humbled and grateful to the citizens of Lawrence County for the opportunity to have served you, and for the trust you showed in me," said Goodman.

The filing period for county offices opens on Feburary 27 for the August election.

In the past week, one individual -- Juli A. Baldridge -- has announced intent to run for county clerk.