*Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles submitted by candidates for local offices.
Having been the District 1 county commissioner for the past eight years, I have realized how necessary it is to be available to the citizens of Texas County at all times and on all days. There are many tasks which fall during the “working hours,” but there are many questions and needs at other times also. I enjoy speaking with the citizens about their requests and concerns about our county government.
Through good sound business decisions, the commission has managed to balance our budget annually and to fulfill the needs of the various departments. We have worked to assist the sheriff’s department to secure new vehicles; have approved modest wage increases for county employees and made affordable health insurance available to them; we are continually modernizing all administrative offices to improve access to official records and many are now backed up offsite to prevent the possibility of natural or other disasters causing a loss of important records and information; from our efforts our townships have realized benefits from FEMA and the conservation department toward repairing and/or replacing bridges; we have effectively negotiated our bond issues saving the taxpayers of Texas County in excess of $1 million; and the list could go on and on.
Experience over the last 27 years as a business owner and manager; as Cabool fire chief; as head dispatcher for the Cabool Police Department; as a two-term township board president; and the past eight years dealing with our senators and representatives to keep them aware of the impact of various legislation to our county; each and all have enabled me to have a citizen-oriented background to assist in the decisions necessary in the position of commissioner of Texas County.
Tragically, the county has lost to two trusted officials to death, Don Troutman and Susan Warkentin. The commissioners were able to forget political lines and reached across to keep our county moving smoothly. It’s not about politics — it’s getting the job done.
Community is important to me and I enjoy being involved in many community events and am a member of many organizations – chamber of commerce of both Houston and Cabool, Farm Bureau Board member, chairman of the Gentry Residential Center Liaison Council, Member of the Texas County Cattlemen’s Association, NRA member, treasurer/secretary of the South Central County Commissioners Board and the District 16 director on the Missouri Associations of Counties Board and the Lions Club. These memberships and offices allow me to be better informed and take an active role in improving our county.
I want to say thank you for the opportunity of representing the citizens of Texas County, and as I have in the past — with the assistance of your vote on Nov. 8 — will continue to work hard toward the betterment of Texas County and to justify your support.