George W. Lehr
|George W. Lehr|
Official portrait (1975)
|Missouri State Auditor|
January 14, 1975 – January 11, 1977
|Preceded by||John Ashcroft|
|Succeeded by||Thomas M. Keyes|
|County Executive of Jackson County|
|Preceded by||Himself (as Presiding Judge)|
|Succeeded by||Mike White|
|Presiding Judge of Jackson County|
|Preceded by||Charles E. Curry|
|Succeeded by||Himself (as County Executive)|
March 10, 1937|
|Died||March 21, 1988(aged 51)|
He was born in Kirksville, Missouri in 1937. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in accounting, he was appointed auditor of Jackson County, Missouri in 1963. He was elected county executive from 1971 to 1974. During his watch the County built the Truman Sports Complex. In 1974, Lehr was elected Missouri auditor by a margin of 73,000, defeating John Ashcroft. He became the first certified public accountant to serve as State Auditor, but he surprisingly resigned as Auditor and left politics in 1977 to spend more time with his family and terminally ill son, George Lehr who had muscular dystrophy.
Lehr is credited with helping to clean up the scandal-plagued Teamsters Union Central States pension fund. He had also been the president of the Empire Bank and Trust Company in Kansas City and later was chairman and chief executive officer of Traders Bank.
At the time of his death he had had inoperable brain tumors for more than a year.
- Kirkpatrick, James C. "Official Manual State of Missouri, 1975-1976"
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