As Barry County approaches the August 2 Primary Election, the Barry County Advertiser distributed questionnaires to the Sheriff and Public Administrator candidates.
The responses from the candidates are printed in this week’s issue with only spelling and basic grammatical changes made by staff.
All candidates were given the opportunity to answer each question in 75 words or less, and some candidates chose to utilize all of the questions, while others did not.
The Meet the Candidates questionnaire was designed to allow the candidates to speak for themselves about pressing issues.
Candidates’ responses have been printed in the order candidates filed for office.
The Barry County Primary Election will be on Tuesday, August 2.
Public Administrator candidates:
Andy Reavis-R, Rodney Hughes-R and Keith Daniels-R.
Why did you choose to run for Public Administrator?
I love working with people. My entire career has centered around building long term business and personal relationships.
Serving as Public Administrator provides the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Christian faith requires each of us to be compassionate toward others and help those needing our assistance. That’s a big motivator for running and I believe my skills and experience over the last 31 years are a perfect fit for this role.
What qualifications do you have that make you the best candidate for the job?
I have spoken with the current and former Barry County Public Administrators regarding what the job really entails. Both were very straight forward describing the rewards, problems and issues associated with the office.
Although not on the same level or degree, the problems and issues described are exactly what I have worked and dealt with over the last 31 years. The issues and problems described are best handled by the experience of the candidate.
What do you feel is the biggest concern you’ll be facing in the position if elected?
Understanding and working with the changing clientele of the public administrator office is, in my opinion, the biggest concern. Older residents of nursing homes are no longer the exclusive client of the administrator. A significant percentage of client cases now involve dealing with a range of mental illnesses, some of which result in behavioral issues. Accompanying those issues are the expectations of both clients and the public with higher service levels expected on less resources.
What changes do you hope to make if you are elected?
I believe change should occur only if needed so initially I’m a listener to all advice provided by the current and prior administrator before forming judgements on how the office should operate. They have performed very well in taking care of client needs so I hope to learn from their experience.
Once familiar with the overall job responsibility and details, I’m sure there will be small changes to things like task organization and work flow processes.
What makes you a better candidate over your competitors?
My business background combined with working with the public for years has provided the necessary beginning training for this office. I have the necessary skills to start this position.
What I really want the voters of Barry County to know is, I can handle this job. I welcome the responsibility of the office and provided the opportunity, I will continue to make the Barry County Public Administrator office one of the best in SW MO.