JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the appointments of several positions in the Ozarks.
Wayne Blades, of Crane, was appointed as the Stone County Northern District Commissioner.
Blades is the Pastor of Hilltop Church and is a farmer. He is also retiring as a representative for Palen Music Center after seventeen years. Blades has served on numerous boards, including the Crane School Board, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Stone County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and Stone County Soil and Water Board.
David Cole, of Cassville, was appointed to the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee.
Cole is a Partner at the law firm of Ellis, Cupps & Cole and has been a City Attorney for both Wheaton and Cassville since 1993. Formerly, he was the Prosecuting Attorney for Barry County from 1995-1998. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. In addition, he is a member of the Crowder College Foundation Board of Directors, former President of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, and past member of both the Coordinating Board of Higher Education and the Cassville R-IV School Board.
Matt Daugherty, of Galena, was appointed as the Stone County Assessor.
Daugherty previously served as the Deputy Assessor for the Stone County Assessor’s Office. He has been with the Assessor’s office since 2013. He has taken courses and evaluations through the International Association of Assessing Officers. Daugherty is also a member of the Stone County Historical Society.
James Hansen, of Warsaw, was appointed as the Benton County Assessor.
Hansen had been the Northern District Commissioner for Benton County since January 2013. He is a Certified Real Estate Appraiser and was previously a Field Appraiser for the Benton County Assessor’s Office and a Real Estate Agent for Century 21 Farm and Home Real Estate. He currently serves as a Board Member of the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, Quad-Lakes Solid Waste Management District, and Benton County Farm Bureau.
Janice Martin, of Mount Vernon, was appointed as the Lawrence County Public Administrator.
Martin is the Social Service Director at Mount Vernon Place Care Center and is a cattle farmer. Previously, she worked as an Activity Director and Dietary Cook for Cassville Health Care & Rehab and owned a small farm raising chickens for twenty years.
Mike Robertson, of Christian County, was appointed as the Christian County Eastern District Commissioner.
Robertson is a retired Sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He retired after thirty-one years of service, with seventeen in a supervisory position and the last twelve serving the people of Christian County. He was also elected Sheriff of Christian County, serving one term from 2005-2008. In 2015, the Christian County Commission appointed him to assist the Interim Sheriff, and he supervised the Road Division and Court/Campus Security.
John Russell, of Springfield, was appointed as the Greene County Eastern District Commissioner.
Russell is the President of Pillar Insurance and Management Consultant for L&W Industries. He is a former Vice-President for The Insurance Group and the Deputy Chief of Staff-Administration for the Office of Governor Matt Blunt. He has his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently serves as a member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and is the 2019 President-Elect of the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks Board of Directors.
Bob Whetsten, of Buffalo, was appointed as the Dallas County Coroner.
Whetsten is the Administrative Coordinator of the Ambulatory Laboratory at CoxHealth in Springfield. He has been employed in the medical field for more than forty years. Whetsten also previously served as Dallas County Coroner, pursuant to an appointment by then-Governor Matt Blunt.
Joy Williams, of Joplin, was appointed as the Newton County Public Administrator.
Williams previously served as the Chief Deputy in the Public Administrator’s office, a position she has held since 2013. Prior to, she was the Director of the Physiology Department at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and has given numerous presentations at the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American University International Program, Harvard University, International Diabetic Athletic Association, and the American Diabetes Association. She has also been on the Editorial Board and was Chairperson for the Public Awareness Committee for the American Diabetes Association.