Office of Public Administrator
Services of the Public Administrator
The Public Administrator’s Office is responsible for decisions regarding placement, medical consents, educational/habilitation plans, finances and the general health and safety of each person, or ward; whose care is entrusted to this office by the Probate Court through an appointment process.
There is no one description of a ward. They include elderly people with no family to help them with decisions; people of all ages who suffer debilitating mental illness; minors with estates that must be managed by someone other than a parent; and incapacitated people whose potential guardians/conservators are involved in disputes.
Guardianship and conservatorship are two important responsibilities of the Public Administrator. Guardianship refers to monitoring the physical well being of a ward and conservatorship refers to the financial administration of the ward's assets. The Public Administrator must report annually to the Probate Court on the financial and physical well being of each ward.
The ward is charged administrative fees for the services of the Public Administrator, staff and attorneys used by this office on their behalf. All fees charged to wards are earned by the County of Jefferson and the office attorneys; neither the Public Administrator nor the staff earns fees as part of their salaries. These fees must be approved by the Probate Court Judge. Court costs, and/or filing fees, also are paid by the ward, as a part of the appointment process.
The Probate Court also appoints the Public Administrator as Personal Representative for deceased estates when necessary, with all fees paid by the ward's estate in accordance with Missouri state statute.
Contacting the Public Administrator's Office
| Mailing Address:||P.O. Box 100 |
| || Hillsboro, MO 63050|
| Phone: || (636) 797-5385|
| Fax: || (636) 797-6043|
| Office Hours:|| 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Monday through Friday |
|Physical Address:||725 Maple Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 201|
| ||Hillsboro, MO 63050|
Steve Farmer, Public Administrator
Brian Brasher, Deputy Public Administrator
Cindy Laiben, Office Manager
Stefanie Webster, Administrative Clerk
Teresa King, Accounts Clerk
Chelsea Lowry, Accounts Clerk
Department of the Public Administrator - Office Brochure
Missouri Association of Public Administrators
National Guardianship Association
Missouri Department of Social Services
Department of Health & Senior Services
Department of Mental Health
BHR (Behavioral Health Response)
Feeling depressed? In a mental health crisis? Need someone to talk to?
Call the BHR Crisis Hotline free of charge.
(314) 469-6644 or 1-800-811-4760
For more information, visit the BHR website at: http://bhrstl.org/
DRA (Disability Resource Association)
Disability Resource Association operates as a Center for Independent Living serving residents in Jefferson County, Metropolitian St. Louis and surrounding counties who meet the criteria of the Americans with Disabilities Act, regardless of age or type of disability.
For more information, visit the DRA website at: