Please give us some background about yourself including where you live, education, military, work history, family, etc.
Let me give you a little background about me.
- •My family roots at the Lake of the Ozarks go back to the 1820’s, long before there was a lake.
- •I decided on a career in surveying before I graduated from high school.
- •I have been involved in surveying, real estate, and land development at the lake for almost 50 years.
- •Licensed Professional Surveyor. Licensed Real Estate Broker.
- •Past President of the Lake West Chamber and former Camden County Surveyor.
- •Served on the Camdenton Planning and Zoning Board for over 10 years.
- •Have managed the development of multi-million dollar developments at the lake.
Why do you think you would make the best Presiding Commissioner?
I have a comprehensive knowledge of Camden County, regarding its history, development, and economy. Knowledge is essential, in the decisions a commissioner must make daily. Lack of knowledge leads to mistakes. Mistakes cost money.
Since I took office, we have gone from 18th or 19th in the state, in terms of financial strength to 7th, according to S&P. My commission cleaned up Camden County. This resulted in the first two clean audits in recent history. During my term, we have spent more on roads, employee raises, and sheriff’s deputies than ever in history. While many counties in Missouri are struggling, because of their decisions during the pandemic, Camden County has set economic records two year and running. We made the right decisions. The truth is that I am, by far, the most qualified candidate for Presiding Commissioner.
If elected, what changes would you make in your role as Presiding Commissioner?
My opponents are going to try to convince you that the sky is falling on Camden County. They want you to believe our county is in a crisis. Nothing could be further from the truth. During my term, Camden County has become one of the most successful counties in the nation. We just need to keep moving forward and make adjustments as our county continues to grow.
Do you think the State of the County is headed in the right direction?
Yes, Camden County has never been in better shape than it is now. That is the opinion of S&P Global and Moody’s. The improvement in the financial condition of Camden County has been “unprecedented” over the last six years.
Do you think the ARPA funds have been distributed wisely? Explain.
Yes, we are using a large portion of this money to leverage grants from the State of Missouri, for needed infrastructure such as sewer, water and road projects. By providing matching funds for these projects we will be able to turn a few million dollars into tens of millions for our county.
Do you think County Commission meetings should be Zoomed live, recorded and archived for public access?
We have already installed the equipment to do this. It is up and running now. We have had successful test runs of this equipment recently. Soon the meetings will live streamed, recorded, and be available to all.
Should BnBs and other types of rental properties be regulated?
As our county continues to grow, we need to be looking at how we do things. Short term rentals at the lake are a big part of our economy, and will continue to be so.
Many people are not aware that for the majority of homeowners, a mechanism to control what happens in your neighborhood is already in place. A recent court ruling have allows for homeowners associations to regulated short-term rentals in the same way that they may regulate any other aspect of a subdivision or development project. Buyers coming to the lake need to know what the circumstances are relating to a home purchase.
Any regulations regarding short-term rentals on a countywide basis would be almost impossible to retrofit into our county. Any regulations should be adopted only by a vote of the people, after public hearings.