Clay is a lifelong resident of St. Francois County. He was born and raised in Elvins (Park Hills), the son of Les and Shirley Copeland. A father of 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren, Clay now resides in Desloge with his wife, Sandy and youngest son Les. Regardless of his place of residence, he will always consider himself an Elvins boy.
Clay is a local graduate of Park Hills Central R-3 High School (1982), Mineral Area College (AS), and Southeast Missouri State University (BS). He is currently enrolled in and participating in the Engineering Program at Mineral Area College.
Clay has been an employee of St. Francois County Road and Bridge for over 24 years. He started out on the bottom, performing the menial labor tasks required of all new employees. Through the years he has served the Road and Bridge Department by working at nearly every position and accomplishing nearly every task required of the department. Because of this, he feels proud to have earned the privilege to now be the Superintendent.
Clay feels humbled that the County Commission places their confidence in him to entrust him to oversee the Road and Bridge infrastructure, as well as the Road and Bridge employees. He takes his job very seriously and strives to provide the county with a frugal, practical, and transparent organization.
He is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and welcomes contact from the public or public safety systems anytime.