License Collector History Since Juggy Hayden

Truth1950: 3rd Ward Committeeman Joseph T. “Juggy” Hayden (White Democrat) elected License Collector.

1954: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected despite his first of many bad audits and newspaper exposes.

1958: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected despite being the first city office to, apparently, Ban the Box. A Grand Jury report noted 10 License Collector employees had criminal records ranging from liquor license violations to embezzlement.

1962: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected.

1964: 8 License Collector employees convicted of forging auto sticker applications.

1966: License Collector Juggy Hayden re-elected to most people’s surprise, including Hayden’s. His own staff worked on the campaigns of his opponents. He walked to bridge to commit suicide on Election Night. A devout Catholic, he stopped himself, went home and to bed early, woke up to banging on his door. He had won.

1969: License Collector Juggy Hayden dies.

1969: Governor Warren Hearnes (White Democrat) appoints 21st Ward Committeeman Benjamin Goins (Black Democrat) to fill License Collector vacancy. Goins had run for Sheriff in 1968 and lost.

1970: License Collector Benjamin Goins elected to full term.

1974: License Collector Benjamin Goins re-elected.

1977: License Collector Benjamin Goins wins a Special Election for Sheriff and resigns as License Collector. Sheriff Raymond Percich (White Democrat) elected Comptroller resigns as Sheriff.

1978: Sheriff Benjamin Goins convicted of corruption, lying to a grand jury, and income tax evasion while as License Collector, and removed as Sheriff by quo warranto petition.

1978: 20th Ward Alderman Lawrence Woodson (Black Democrat) appointed License Collector by Governor Joseph Teasdale (White Democrat).

1978: License Collector Lawrence Woodson elected to full term.

1982: 82nd District State Representative Billie Boykins (Black Democrat) elected License Collector.

1982: License Collector Lawrence Woodson, who did not seek re-election, dies at the end of his term.

1986: License Collector Billie Boykins re-elected.

1989: License Collector Billie Boykins removed from office by quo warranto petition for willful violation and neglect of duty following a State Audit showing millions of dollars not collected for the City.

1989: John C. Palazzolo (White Republican) appointed License Collector by Governor John Ashcroft (White Republican).

1990: License Collector John C. Palazzolo resigns to seek treatment for cancer less than four months after appointment.

1990: Steven Doss (White Republican) is appointed License Collector by Governor John Ashcroft. Doss had earlier filed to run against 3rd District Congressman Richard Gephardt (White Democrat), then Majority Leader.

1990: License Collector Steven Doss defeated in election for full term by Tom Nash (White Democrat).

1994: License Collector Tom Nash re-elected.

1997: License Collector Tom Nash resigns

1998: Gregory F.X. Daly (White Democrat), aide to Board President Francis Slay (White Democrat), appointed License Collector by Governor Mel Carnahan (White Democrat).

1998: License Collector Gregory F.X. Daly elected to full term.

2002: License Collector Gregory F.X. Daly re-elected.

2006: 19th Ward Alderman Michael McMillan (Black Democrat) elected License Collector. License Collector Gregory F.X. Daly elected Collector of Revenue.

2010: License Collector Michael McMillan re-elected.

2013: License Collector Michael McMillan resigns to become President of Urban League.

2013: Former Circuit Clerk Mavis Thompson (Black Democrat) appointed License Collector by Governor Jay Nixon (White Democrat).

2014: License Collector Mavis Thompson elected to full term.

2018: License Collector Mavis Thompson wins Democratic Primary. Office of Attorney General (and U.S. Senate Candidate) Josh Hawley (White Republican) announces Complaint against Thompson regarding release of protected information for personal gain will be investigated by Missouri Highway Patrol.

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