Article VII, Section 6 of the Missouri Constitution states the following:
"Any public officer or employee in this state who by virtue of his office or employment names or appoints to public office or employment any relative within the fourth degree, by consanguinity or affinity, shall thereby forfeit his office or employment."
First Degree Relation to Self or Spouse
Second Degree Relation to Self or Spouse
Third Degree Relation to Self or Spouse
- Great Grandchild
- Great Grandparents
Fourth Degree Relation to Self or Spouse
- Great Great Grandchild
- Grand Niece/Nephew
- First Cousin
- Great Aunt/Uncle
- Great Great Grandparents
Additional Information to Determine Nepotism
- A husband is related by marriage (affinity) to his wife’s relatives in the same way that she is related to them by blood (consanguinity) and she to his family in the same way, but the kindred of the spouses are not related to one another. (A brother of the husband is not related to a brother of the wife, et cetera.)
Half relationship is the same as a whole relationship.
Step relationship is the same as a blood relationship.
- A relationship by marriage (affinity) terminates if death or divorce occurs.
Statutes Relating to Nepotism
- Seven-director district, board of, terms--vacancies--prohibition on hiring spouse of board member, when--constitutional prohibition on nepotism applies to districts, 162.261.
- Probationary teachers, how terminated--notice, contents--reemployed, how, 168.126.