Taylor Burks is a Navy veteran, former Boone County Clerk, and fifth generation Missourian who brings over 15 years of expertise in process improvement and change management to the Division of Labor Standards. He has a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University, a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis.
Taylor started his professional career by joining the US Navy in his junior year of college. After graduating from Truman, he received his commission as a US Navy officer and served seven years on active duty. He has deployed to 14 countries, five continents, and continues his service as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy Reserves.
After returning to Missouri from his active duty service, Taylor filled a statewide role in higher education and health care as the Director of Distribution, Logistics, and Asset Management for the University of Missouri System, supporting the campuses and hospitals of Missouri’s statewide university system. In this role, he managed millions of dollars of inventory, hundreds of millions of capital assets, and teams of employees across the State of Missouri.
In 2017, Taylor was appointed by the Governor to serve as the Boone County Clerk, where he was the chief administrative officer and election authority for one of Missouri’s largest counties. In January 2019, Taylor joined the Division of Labor Standards as Director. He and his family live in Columbia, where they are long-time members of The Crossing. Taylor is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280, serves on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and was recognized in 2018 by the Columbia Business Times as one of Columbia’s “20 Under 40.”