Barry County presiding commissioner honored
Plaque recognizes Warren for 24 years of service
After serving six terms of four years each, Cherry Warren, Barry County’s presiding commissioner, has been presented with a plaque of appreciation.
According to Alan Cook, Newton County associate commissioner, Warren was presented with a plaque on Oct. 17, at the Roaring River Emory Melton Conference Center.
The plaque reads, “Barry County, Mo., presented to Cherry Warren, In appreciation for your 24 years on honorable and dedicated service ensuring that all class 3 counties have been represented on the CCAM board and as presiding commissioner of Barry County, Mo.”
The plague was presented by fellow commissioners across the state of Missouri, along with friends and co-workers from Barry County.
“I was president of Southwest Missouri Association for about 12-15 years, and that encompassed 16 counties in southwest Missouri,” Warren said. “I was also on the County Commissioners Association of Missouri (CCAM) board of directors for at least 15 years, so I was presented with a plaque for applications from those people that I have worked with.”
According to Warren, there are Class 1 counties, Class 2 counties and 89 Class 3 counties in Missouri. On the directors board of CCMA, all the Class 3 counties were represented.
“Class 1 counties are the larger counties in the state,” Warren said. “They operate on different procedures than we do, and they have their own auditor by state statutes.”
Warren is leaving the presiding commissioner office this year, as Gary Youngblood won the Republican primary election for Barry County commissioner and was unopposed in Tuesday’s General Election. Youngblood take office on Jan.1, 2019.
“Over the last 24 years of service, I think the record really speaks for itself,” Warren said. “I think the people realize what we have done. I didn’t do it by myself. I had a good commission to work with.”
Warren said the commissioners that were on when he started were good, then later, Frank Washburn came on as associate, and then Wayne Hendrix and Gary Shad.
“I have had an excellent set of county commissioners to work with, and I think we all got along well,” Warren said. “The first thing we did was put ground source heat and air in the old courthouse, then put all new windows in it and got rid of the window air conditioners. Then, in 2002 we built the judicial center. We wrote a check for it too.”
According to Warren, the presiding commissioner doesn’t have any more votes than the associate commissioners, so it takes two to control the county.
“We never went to the taxpayers for a bond issue,” Warren said. “I think we did a good job at taking care of the county’s money.”
According to Warren the commission took the sheriff’s office from four deputies to 23, and it took the jail from a 12-bed jail to an 80-bed jail.
“I am pleased with the progress that was made,” Warren said. “I think that we are leaving the county in pretty good shape. We have sufficient reserves.
“I thank the people of Barry County for giving me the opportunity to serve, and I did it to the best of my ability.”