Home > Departments & Agencies > County Clerk > About Us More about the Office of the Clerk Donald P. (Don) Pyle, Crawford County Clerk Again, thank you for visiting the County Clerk's web site.
In the General Election on November 4, 2008, Donald P. (Don) Pyle was elected to a four-year term for County Clerk.
Mr. Pyle began his tenure as County Clerk on August 22, 2007, when he was sworn into office by District Judge Don Noland. Mr. Pyle was selected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. R.J. Wilson, who resigned effective July 20, 2007. The Crawford County Democratic Party held a convention on the evening of July 30, 2007 at the Crawford County Courthouse where Mr. Pyle was appointed by acclamation to fill the position of Crawford County Clerk without opposition. Ms. Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas, confirmed Mr. Pyle's appointment with a letter dated August 7, 2007.
During his time in office, Mr. Pyle drives his staff to be open and honest public servants who consistently and professionally meet the needs of the Crawford County taxpayers.
The first official duty of Mr. Pyle was to appoint Ms. Heather Spaur as Deputy County Clerk. Ms. Spaur has held the position of Director of Fiscal Services since February 2005. Ms. Spaur has proven to be a very knowledgable and hard working deputy.
Mr. Pyle of Frontenac, succeeds R.J. Wilson of Pittsburg, who succeeded Kevin Anselmi of Arma, who succeeded Dan Brunetti of Frontenac, who succeeded Bette Lessen of Arma, who is by historical research the only known female to ever hold the position of Crawford County Clerk, who succeeded Dean McFarland of Girard who succeeded Harold J. Hutchins (circa 1960) who served for more than 20 years, who succeeded John L. Berry (circa 1956) who succeeded Charles Feddell (circa 1949) who succeeded John L. Polston (circa 1943) who succeeded Ira L. Harper (circa 1939). The first county clerk in recorded election books is Peter McDonnell (1894) who was succeeded by John Ecker (1895) who was succeeded by F. Cunningham (1897). It is interesting that until the general election of 1897 candidates usually ran on a single party's ticket. The norm in 1897 was for candidates of particular parties to run on the ticket of two separate Parties. Mr. Cuningham ran on the Democratic Party ticket and the People's Party ticket and won a narrow victory over both a Republican and a Socialist. J.G. Bridgens (1867) and F.R Russell (1870) served as two of the first clerks appointed and perhaps elected in Crawford County. Election records can not be found for either of the men but their names appear consistently in records detailing the activities of the County. J.H. Waterman (1874) served as the county clerk after the men but again no election records are found. The County Seal displayed a cow in the term of Russell and a small dog guarding a money safe several years later in the term of Cunningham.
If you would like to make comment or criticism, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (620) 724-6115. Regular Office Hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday on the 2nd floor of the Crawford County Courthouse, 111 E. Forest, Girard, KS.