Mayor Morton was born and raised in Kirksville, MO. During his youth, Morton was involved in service and leadership organizations such as Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, and the Boy Scouts of America (in which he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2005). After graduating from high school in 2008, Morton attended Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO, where he dual-majored in International Business and Spanish and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012. Molded by the service and leadership experiences of his youth and his passion for the Spanish language and culture, Morton then decided to pursue certification credentials for teaching Spanish, leading him to the Master of Arts in Teaching program at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He began teaching Spanish at Knob Noster High School in the fall of 2013 with a provisional certificate, ahead of graduating in 2014 with honors. After teaching for the District for three years, Morton decided to plant his roots more firmly in Knob Noster by purchasing his first home and taking a more active role in the community, becoming involved in the newly formed KN Revitalization Commission (KNRC), Knob Noster Lions Club, and the Knob Noster Fair Board. Through his experiences in these civic organizations, Morton observed firsthand Knob Noster’s immense potential and desire for growth, inspiring him to pursue public office in April 2017 as Mayor. In addition to serving in this capacity and remaining involved in the aforementioned organizations, Morton serves on the Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) Board of Directors. He also remains active in the Boy Scouts of America as a Troop Committee Member and a volunteer at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, MO. Morton worships at Sacred a Heart Catholic Church in Warrensburg, and his hobbies include traveling, spending time outdoors, playing the guitar, writing, reading, and amateur photography.