As a community service, the Sedalia Democrat will profile each of the candidates in contested races in the Aug. 5 primary election in the weekend edition.
Three candidates will vie for the Republican slot for Pettis County Auditor in the Aug. 5 primary, Jileen Wingerter, Beverly Dillon and Adam Brooks.
A life-long Pettis County resident and Smithton High School graduate, for the past 7 years Wingerter has worked at Marcum Hauling as a financial manager.
Prior to that, she worked for 18 years at Schnell Tax Service. He experience includes auditing financial records and budget assets and expenses on a daily basis and preparing tax returns and payroll.
Wingerter says the current auditor has done a good job and that she believes Pettis to be one of the most fiscally sound counties in Missouri.
“The citizens of Pettis County have had the opportunity to elect some very qualified candidates in the County offices. I know I have the knowledge and qualifications to keep those standard high in the auditor’s office,” Wingerter said.
While there is not much she would change, she would use the resources of that office to their full potential.
“I have worked with different types of accounting software and when given the opportunity I would like to make sure the county is getting the full money value out of their software program by using it to its maximum potential,” Wingerter said.
The auditor position is regulated by state law and alteration of the job description is not possible. Given that, candidates were asked what they could do differently to make that office more effective.
“By making sure all of the counties elected officials are responsible with the budgets and purchases they are making. I want to make sure the community knows that I will always be accessible to them,” said Wingerter.
In addition to her qualifications, Wingerter has two daughters and two grandsons and attends Sacred Heart Church.
After spending most of her life in Pettis County, Dillon is proud of the strong roots she has in the community.
She is a Smithton High School graduate with over 25 years of experience in the accounting field and has served on the Pettis County Soil and Water District for 20 years. She has worked with payroll, accounts payable and receivable and prepared monthly and quarterly reports for that organization and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
She has also served on the Green Ridge School Board and with the Green Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
While if elected, Dillon would be in charge of maintaining the integrity of financial administration of Pettis County government by overseeing the county’s financial records, she feels the current administration is doing an excellent job of managing the county’s resources.
“I think Ms. Purchase is doing a fantastic job. I will follow in her footsteps. I plan to be your full-time auditor,” Dillon said. “I think the county fiscally sound and financially managed. I think we have a great group of elected officials,” said Dillon.
Regardless of the numerous regulations placed on the position by the state, Dillon says that by doing the job effectively, an auditor can still make a difference in the community.
“I will continue making sure our money is being spent wisely,” Dillon said.
In addition to her qualifications, Dillon is an active member of her church where she has served on multiple boards. She is a proud parent of two children and two grandchildren. She has also volunteered for Community Cafe, Meals on Wheels and the Sunset Village summer lunch program.
Adam Brooks, an honorably discharged U.S. Marine, believes the skills he acquired during military service will transfer well to the position of Pettis County Auditor.
In addition to graduating from State Fair Community College and earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Columbia College, Brooks served from 2008 to 2011 in the USMC accounting and finance division. He worked in the travel section where he oversaw travel expenses for training missions and payroll for those activities.
He also believes the county is fiscally sound as evidenced by the growth the area has seen over the past decade.
“The area is growing pretty quick,” said Brooks. “There are a lot of businesses coming in that you normally only see in the Columbia or Kansas City areas, so it seems like money flow is not really an issue.”
While he feels the current administration is doing a good job of managing the county’s resources, he feels he can bring his military experience to the table in that position.
“Being in the military, I am very structured in what I do, very organized. I also have my degree in accounting and I’m working toward my CPA, so I do have the knowledge and education. Not saying she is not doing a fantastic job right now, but I think I can bring a little more to the table,” Brooks said.
How does Brooks think an auditor can make a difference in the community?
“By making sure all the funds that are available to the different departments aren’t being taken advantage of and used for personal use or stolen,” Brooks said.