New Presiding Commissioner Cirtin on Victory, Greene County Commission

Nov 5, 2014

The Republican watch party was held at Muse on the south side of Springfield.
Credit Julie Greene

Republican Bob Cirtin will become the new presiding commissioner of Greene County, tallying 63 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s election. KSMU’s Briana Simmons spoke with the winning candidate and has this report.

“I’m feeling very good. It looks like we prevailed in the election. I’m very grateful to the voters of Greene County who decided to put their trust in me,” Cirtin said.

Cirtin said when he takes office in January he will tackle the budget and economic development, as had been the focus during his campaign. As a former police officer, Cirtin said he also wants to make sure his position allows him to provide whatever support he can to make and keep neighborhoods safe.

He’ll join 1st and 2nd district commissioners Harold Bengsch and Roseann Bentley in working to enact policy for the county. The two elected officials had previously endorsed Cirtin.

“We know each other very well. We’re not always going to agree with each other, but that’s not necessary. There will be many times where we do agree and we’re going to be able to get some good things done for the people of Greene County,” Cirtin said.

Cirtin will replace Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock, who did not seek another term in office.