Public Administrator Candidate profile: Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville
Publisher's note: The following Q&As represent this Barry County public administrator candidate's views verbatim, as submitted via email in response to our questions, and have not been edited. The candidates will face off on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. The Republican primary will serve as the de facto general election, barring a late filing by an independent candidate. - JB
Current occupation: Customer Care Specialist at Fasco
Past experience: Customer Service
Education: Associate Degree Crowder College Ag Business
1. Why do you want to be public administrator?
Many years in Customer Service has made me a caring person for other individuals in their time of need. I can provide clients with customer care and have the experience it takes to do so. My Christian beliefs and caring background lead me to file and pursue this position.
2. What makes you more qualified for office than your opponents?
My long-term commitment to customer care makes my qualifications stand out. I have spent 40 years caring for customers and their needs at Fasco Industries. My commitment to one company and the people I have served shows my commitment to the people of Barry County and the citizens who need this assistance. This kind of commitment qualifies me to understand and help the people who depend on the Public Administrator for guidance and representation.
3. What changes do you plan to make in the public administrator's office?
Without having spent quality time in the public administrator's office, this question is hard to answer. By no means, do I believe at this time changes are necessary. The present Public Administrator is working for the people and citizens of Barry County, and I know of no problems or issues that need addressed at this time.
4. What specific goals do you plan to accomplish in your first term?
First and foremost I plan to take care of and get to know the more than 150 clients that are presently being served in the county. With my past customer care experience and my Christian beliefs to serve those who I come into contact with daily, this is not a small goal, but a specific goal to make each person know that I care for them and their needs.
5. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the public administrator's office? How do you plan to solve it?
Time seems to be a very present problem in this position of Public Administration. Past experience in serving customers and having always worked in a situation of managing time efficiently, will be a plus for me in this office.
6. Are you prepared for this to be a 24/7 job? If so, explain how you would approach it. If not, how do you plan to serve effectively?
Again, I have always been in customer care. The customer does not always need you when you are available during an 8-5 job. Often times the needs arise at times that are inconvenient. However, that is what customer care is about. In this job, very much like my past job, the customer/client will come first.