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New County Commissioner Prepares


On January first, two new Greene County Commissioners will take office: Harold Bengsch and Roseann Bentley. KSMU's Missy Shelton recently spoke with Bentley about what she'd going to prepare for her new job.

GOVERNMENT WORK IS NOTHING NEW FOR ROSEANN BENTLEY.

SHE SERVED TWO TERMS IN THE STATE SENATE AND LEFT IN 2002 BECAUSE OF TERM LIMITS.

BUT SHE SAYS BEING A PART OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL CERTAINLY BE A CHANGE.

TO PREPARE FOR THE TRANSITION, BENTLEY SAYS SHE'S DOING HER OWN RESEARCH AS WELL AS GETTING INFORMATION FROM THE COMMISSIONERS WHOSE TERMS END IN DECEMBER.

SOME LONGTIME COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE NEW COMMISSION AS BEING A SORT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT DREAM TEAM, CONSISTING OF THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF EXPERIENCES AND PERSPECTIVES.

PRESIDING COMMISSIONER DAVE COONROD IS A DEMOCRAT WHO WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THE COMMISSION IN 1988...BENTLEY AND FELLOW COMMISSION NEWCOMER HAROLD BENGSCH ARE REPUBLICANS...BENTLEY IS A FORMER STATE SENATOR AND BENGSCH IS THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE SPRINGFIELD-GREENE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

BENTLEY SAYS THE COMMISSION HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

BENTLEY AND BENGSCH WERE ELECTED TO FOUR YEAR TERMS ON THE COMMISSION.