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Uncontested incumbents for county offices

By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

Several uncontested incumbents have filed for re-election in their current positions as elected officials of Texas County, in the Primary Election to be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.
Some have willingly shared achievements accomplished during their service to Texas County.
Republican Scott Lindsey has held the office of Texas County Sheriff since taking office in November 2018 as the result of a special election; he was elected with 22 years in prior law enforcement.
“When taking office, it was my intention to assist the department in becoming more efficient and reducing the amount of paperwork,” says Sheriff Lindsey. “We have effectively updated our technology, making the deputies’ jobs easier, including adding mobile computers for filing reports in the field and allowing access to 911 dispatch.”
As Sheriff, he is the chief law enforcement officer in the largest county in the state. He and his deputies investigate all reported crimes within the county, serve civil processes, transport prisoners, and work closely with other entities and law enforcement agencies at the local, county, state and federal levels. This office enforces the law and preserves the peace in our county.
“We are very appreciative of the support of the community, especially with the current protests and ‘Defund the police’ attempts taking place in our country,” states Sheriff Lindsey.
Republican Debbie James has held the office of Assessor since 2005.
The county Assessor’s office is regulated and overseen by the Missouri State Tax Commission and compliance must meet state statute requirements.
As assessor, James, is to place a value on all taxable real and personal property within the county, including real estate and personal property.
Democrat Tammy Cantrell has held the office of Collector-Treasurer since 2005.
Collector-Treasurer Cantrell shared some of the accomplishments she has overseen while in office. “The processes of the office are much more efficient. Technology has been updated, making information more accurate and current; these updates are continuing to provide a more customer friendly database. The office now does collections for three cities, Houston, Cabool and Raymondville, with a result of streamlining customer payments. Payments can also be made easily through on-line options, over the phone, or still with cash and checks in the office or at a drop box located at the Texas County Administration Building. Arrangements can also be made for payment of tax delinquencies.”
As treasurer, Cantrell maintains records and she reports to the County Commission. These records and reports include the receipts of sales tax revenue, revenue from State and Federal agencies, surcharges and fees generated by elected officials within their office, and expenditures distributed to 36 funds of county government operation.
The treasurer must also insure county funds on deposit are insured and drawing the highest possible return.
Working with the Assessor’s and Clerk’s office, it is the Collector’s responsibility to collect and distribute all real and personal property taxes, collect all surtax, railroad and utility taxes, payment in lieu of tax (PILT) and private railcar tax.
The Collector also oversees county tax delinquent sales and prepares an annual settlement.
Republican Marie Lasater, F-ABMDI, has held the office of Coroner since January 2017. During this time Lasater has handled over 800 cases including hospice and nursing home deaths.
The public health dimension of the Coroner’s function is designed to investigate, isolate and identify causes of sudden unexpected deaths and to assist family in seeking answers. This expedites settlement of insurance claims and estates and, when applicable, procures the implementation of civil and criminal actions.
The Coroner works in cooperation with the law enforcement community and supports the criminal justice system by conducting separate and unbiased investigations.
Coroner Lasater shared her achievements made while in office. “The coroner files have been uploaded to a secure Cloud database; this assists in collaboration with law enforcement. I have secured grant dollars for more toxicology testing, which aids in establishing the factors of a death; and I have received my certification as a fellow in the American Board of Death Investigation. Additionally a manual report is available to the public on the county website.”
Republican Chuck Manier has held the office of Surveyor since 2013. He is a member of the Board of Equalization.
Surveyor Manier does not receive a salary from the county. He is paid an agreed upon fee, from the county or individuals wanting a survey, for his services.
Says Manier, “I have been quite busy as County Surveyor.”
His responsibilities include recording all surveys in a County Surveyor’s Plat Book.


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