Bob Cirtin

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin received a buzz cut from the county's sheriff, Jim Arnott, Wednesday in the rotunda of the Historic Greene County Courthouse.  He told county employees he would have his head shaved if their participation in the United Way campaign doubled from last year.  It more than doubled.

"The county employees are very generous, and they rose to the occasion and so here we are.  We're supporting a good cause and having a little bit of fun doing it," Cirtin said.

Greene County, MO

Greene County Presiding Commissioner may soon regret issuing a recent challenge, but he’s still glad he did it.  Bob Cirtin says he’ll have someone—possibly Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott—shave his head if the county’s employee participation in the annual United Way campaign doubles from last year.  Eighteen percent of employees gave last year, so that would have to increase to 36 percent.

Cirtin says he made the challenge because, when he took office at the beginning of the year, one of his main goals was “to spark a new kind of employee involvement in the county.” 

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.

The November general election is less than two weeks away. In Greene County, the three candidates for presiding commissioner say the budget is a key priority.

For Republican Bob Cirtin, the solution is growth.

“It’s all about bringing new business into the area, and helping our existing businesses to be successful because I think if we get economic development right, the revenue and the budget is going to take care of itself. Because that’s going to mean more jobs, more people working, more people paying taxes,” Citrin said.

Greene County Clerk's Office

Southwest Missourians have narrowed the field of candidates following Tuesday’s election. Among the local contested races were Greene County Presiding Commissioner and U.S. Representative for District 7.

Bob Cirtin says Greene County finances will continue to be his focus as he shifts his sights on the general election in November.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, primary tallies had Cirtin leading Steve Helms and Jerry Fenstermaker, his two Republican challengers for presiding commissioner, with more than 44 percent of the vote.