Barry County Presiding Commissioner questionnaire: John Hendricks
Political Party: Republican
Current Occupation: Consultant and Farmer
Past Experience: Business Owner, Manufacturing, Contractor
Education: Life Experience
1. Why do you want to be presiding commissioner?
Barry County has been good to me and my family. My 35-plus years of business experience in numerous industries will help the county grow and improve in many areas, including: mending communication, bettering organization, and making business decisions instead of political ones.
2. What makes you more qualified for office than your opponents?
My life and business experiences give me a unique ability and desire to represent all citizens in Barry County. I know how to talk to and have a desire to listen to people from all walks of life, including people with my similar background, college students, and international business men. My past experience with the Small Business Administration’s SCORE program, speaking at colleges, and my international experiences with manufacturing, including receiving the SBA 1992 Exporter of the Year Award, highlight my versatility. My experiences in tourism and government grants will help our infrastructure grow and our communities grow without always leaning on local tax dollars to pay the bill.
3. What is the biggest problem facing Barry County? What moves do you plan to make toward solving it in your next/first term?
Communication. Communication between the cities, counties and citizens. As I travel through the county, I hear concerns with no change or results. I would establish a quarterly meeting between mayors, school board officials, county officials, and concerned residents. I also believe we need a part-time assistant in the Presiding Commissioners office to help take note of citizens’ concerns. Additionally, I would be a full-time county commissioner with an open door policy.
4. What specific goals do you plan to accomplish in your next/first term?
First, I will listen to the people and create a business model that meets the needs of the citizens. Second, I plan to strengthen our tourism. I will make tourism a priority. We have opportunities in the county to better utilize our venues, including: Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center in Roaring River, Table Rock Lake, golf courses, and Monett parks, etc. This will increase county revenue through an increase in tourism sales tax dollars. Third, to prioritize bridges, roads and major highways, including infrastructures in cities and townships that need help and have been overlooked.
5. Are you happy with how the commission distributes funds? If so, why? If not, what do you plan to do about it?
I believe we have very accomplished office holders in the county. As presiding commissioner, I would work with the office holders to critique and finalize their budgets by applying business principles instead of political ones.