Janet M. Thompson - District II Commissioner

Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson


Janet M. Thompson (Democrat) was elected as Boone County District II (Northern) Commissioner in November, 2012, and was sworn into office January 1, 2013.


Janet was born in Michigan and moved to Boone County with her family in 1959. She received her Bachelor's degree in 1978, her Master's degree in Spanish in 1980, her law degree in 1984, and her Master's in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2002, all from the University of Missouri. She served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Missouri State Public Defender System for almost 25 years and is an arbitrator for FINRA, resolving securities disputes around the country. She has also served as a Disciplinary Hearing Officer for the Missouri Bar. She has published articles in Fordham University's Law Review and the Journal of the Missouri Bar, and has given professional presentations for the Missouri Bar, NLADA, MACDL, University of Missouri's School of Law, Stephens College and William Woods University.

Commission Assignments

In addition to Janet serving as liaison to the Information Technology Department, she also serves on the following boards:

  • Boone County Family Resources (BCFR)
  • Boone County Senior Citizens Services Corp (The Bluffs)
  • Central Missouri Events Center, home of the Boone County Fair (CMEC)
  • Convention & Visitor's Bureau (CVB)
  • Cradle to Career
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact
  • Extension Council
  • Facilities Maintenance
    • Condo Board
  • Health Department
  • Judicial & Law Enforcement Task Force
  • Missouri Association of Counties (MAC)
  • Services for Independent Living (SIL)

In addition to her individual responsibilities, Janet also shares the role of liaison with the Presiding Commissioner and District I Commissioner for the following organizations of Boone County:

  • Appointments of Boards & Commissions
  • Board of Equalization (BOE)
  • Budget Approval
  • Commission Budget Coordination
  • Farm Bureau
  • Legislative Priorities
  • Quarterly City/County/Columbia Public Schools
  • Smart Growth Coalition
  • West Central Commissioner's Association

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