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Oregon County Commissioners maintain roads

Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Oregon County Southern District Commissioner Johnny Williams, Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren and Northern District Commissioner Buddy Wright.
OREGON COUNTY -- Reporters note: This is the eighth in a series about the elected offices in Oregon County.

The Oregon County Presiding Commissioner is Leo Warren. He has served as presiding commissioner in the county for 21 years.

"The statutes in the state of Missouri do not define all the duties of the commission. Some duties may vary from county to county, but many of the duties will be the same in most counties," Warren said.

There are two Associate Commissioners in Oregon County. The Northern District Commissioner is Buddy Wright. He has held that position for 18 years.

The Southern District Commissioner is John Wrenfrow. He has been the Southern District Commissioner for 14 years. Their primary duty is to maintain the roads in the county. All county road crew employees work for the three commissioners.

There is a total of 554 miles of county roads in Oregon County.

Wright's road crew of six employees, takes care of 270 miles of county roads in the northern end of the county.

Wrenfrow's crew of five employees, manage 150 miles of county roads.

The presiding commissioner presides over all meetings and assists the other two commissioners when bidding on equipment, such as road graders, tractors, tin horns or other items the county road department might need.

"The county budget is a big part of my job. Making and approving budgets for all county offices and following that process to see that all the offices are staying within their budget is also my responsibility. Maintaining the building (courthouse) and grounds is a big part of my job," Warren said.

All three commissioners are not only responsible for seeing that the county is running smoothly and financially sound, but they deal with all other department problems as well.

"Anything that deals with the county in any way will eventually make its way to our office," Warren said

Warren represents the county on many other boards and committees that work and do business in Oregon County. Some of those include: the South Central Ozarks Council of Governments (SCOCOG), the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Scenic Rivers Watershed Board and Solid Waste Board.

Wright sets on the University Extension Board of Directors and the Ozark Action Board of Directors.

Wrenfrow sets on the Oregon County Recycling Center Board of directors and Region P Solid Waste Board. He has served 11 years on the Extension Council and is involved in the South Central Missouri Commissioners Association. He is also a member of the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department.

All three commissioners are proud of their employees and said they all do a great job. They also expressed pride in working with the other elected officials and the employees in the courthouse.

After 18 years, Wright has decided not to run for re-election this year. "I have certainly enjoyed my job here. I have had good people to work for and with. It has been an honor to serve the residents of the northern portion of Oregon County the past 18 years," he said.



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