Wayne County

The Wayne County Courthouse is the central location for the day-to-day business of our County Government. It is located at 300 W. Main in Fairfield, Illinois. Court House office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Steve Ehrhart is the current County Board Chairman. The County Board meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Court House basement.


Wayne County was organized by an act of the Illinois Legislature on March 25, 1819. It included the present territory of the County plus about one-half of Clay County. It was reduced to its present size by an Act on December 23, 1895. The Commissioners appointed by the Act of March 26, 1819, selected the present site for the City of Fairfield as a County Seat of the new County. John and Felix Barnhill donated a tract of 21 acres which comprised the Original Town of Fairfield.

Isaac Harris, a native of Kentucky was the first white settler. He came in 1814, but left to join the War of 1812, which was then being fought. He returned in 1815. He erected the first house in the County at the edge of the Little Wabash bottoms about nine miles southeast of Fairfield.

The first Circuit Court was held by a Justice of the Supreme Court in a house about eight miles south and a little east of Fairfield. The Grand Jury returned several indictments, chiefly for assault and battery.

Part of the Court House burned on November 17, 1886, destroying many of the records in the Recorder's Office. The present Court House was erected in 1891. A new addition was added to the south side of the Court House in 1955, and on the north side in 1957.

Today Wayne County covers 715 square miles. The latitude at the Courthouse is 38-21-50 and the longitude is 88-21-35. The elevation is 450 feet above sea level.

Wayne County Board

Wayne County is divided into seven districts with two County Board members from each district. A table listing the townships included in each district can be found at the end of this section.  Individual members grouped by the districts they represent are as follow:

District Name Address Phone Term Expires
#1 Gary Sloan 481 County Highway 18
Xenia, IL 62899
835-2256 2020


Jerry Donoho1815 CR 115 E
Xenia, IL 62899
835-4460 2020
#2 Gordon Endsley 1234 CR 2675 E
MT. Erie, IL 62446
854-2518 2020
Robert Pearce 1521 CR 1900 N
Cisne, IL 62863
673-2876 2020
#3 Shirley McDavid 1307 County Highway 7
Geff, IL 62842
842-7510 2020


Kelli Locey 1037 CR 1500 E
Fairfield, IL 62837
599-6803 2020
#4 Steve Ehrhart P.O. Box 274
Wayne City, IL 62895



Melisa Gardner

788 Co Rd 050

Wayne City, IL 62895

599-7113 2020
#5 Nathan Jones 1835 CR 210 N
Barnhill, IL 62809
842-4878 2020
Amy Pollard 1877 CR 470N
Fairfield, IL 62837
919-0095 2020
#6 Bruce Reeves 401 South 1st Street
Fairfield, IL 62837
838-8184 2020
Vern Hutson, Sr. 911 SW Sixth St.
Fairfield, IL 62837
842-5538 2020
#7 Deborah Bradham 205 S. King St
Golden Gate, IL 62843
599-5166 2020
Royce Carter 2193 County Road 825N
Fairfield, IL 62837
599-2906 2020
#1 Berry Garden Hill Keith Ordhard


Indian Prairie

Hickory Hill

#2 MT. Erie Ridge Bedford Elm River




#3 Lamard 1 Lamarad 2 Jasper 1 Jasper 2



Four Mile

#5 Big Mound 1 Big Mound 2 Barnhill  




#7 Fairfield  1 Fairfield 2 Merriam Golden Gate

Wayne County Elected Officers

Wayne County Clerk/Recorder:

Liz Ann Woodrow
Wayne County Courthouse
301 E. Main St. Suite 203
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-5182
FAX: 618/842-6427
EMAIL: countyclerk@waynecountygovil.com

Wayne County Circuit Clerk:

Pam Southerd
Wayne County Courthouse
301 E. Main St. Suite 204
P. O. Box 96
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-7684
FAX: 618/842-2556
EMAIL: ciruitclerk@waynecountygovil.com

Wayne County Treasurer/ Collector:

Donna Masterson
Wayne County Courthouse
301 E. Main St. Suite 201
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-5087
FAX: 618/842-2178
EMAIL: countytreasurer@waynecountygovil.com

Wayne County Sheriff:

Mike Everett
305 E. Court St.
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-6631
FAX: 618/842-4916
EMAIL: sheriffeverett@gmail.com

Chief County Assessment Officer:

Jodi Poole
Wayne County Courthouse
P. O. Box 384
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-2582
FAX: 618/847-5713
EMAIL: countyassessment@waynecountygovil.com

Regional Superintendent of Schools:

Lawrence D. Fillingim
Wayne County Courthouse P. O. Box 277
Fairfield, IL 62837
Days of Operations are Tuesdays & Thursdays
Phone: 618-382-5223 for Appointments
Phone: 618/847-3151
FAX: 618/382-5305
EMAIL: lfillingim@roe20.org
EMAIL: (Shannon Henson, secretary) shenson@roe20.org

Wayne County Coroner:

Jimmy I. Taylor
106 E. Center St.
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-3788
FAX: 618/842-4211
EMAIL: coroner83@frontier.com

Wayne County States Attorney:

Kevin Kakac
Wayne County Courthouse
P. O. Box 641
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-3433
FAX: 618/847-4618

EMAIL: statesattorney@waynecountygovil.com

Wayne County Coordinator of Emergency Management Agency:

Jeff Jake
505 SW 10th Street
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-3884
FAX: 618/842-3181
EMAIL: waynecoema@fairfieldwireless.net

911 Coordinator:

Tom Windland
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/847-8169
FAX: 618/847-4202
EMAIL: waynecounty.e911@live.com

Highway Department

Wayne County Engineer:

Dennis Seidel
1309 East Main Street
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/847-7343
EMAIL: waynecounty.illinois@gmail.com

Health Department


Clark Griffith
405 N. Basin Road
P. O. Box 645
Fairfield, IL 62837
Phone: 618/842-5166
FAX: 618/842-3305
EMAIL: office@wchdil.com

Probation Office

Chief Managing Officer, Third Probation District:

Darla Fitzjerrells
Wayne County Courthouse
Phone: 618/842-7839
FAX: 618/842-6015

EMAIL:  probation@waynecountygovil.com