Vacancy in county office hurts the county's most needy

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CHARLESTON -- Whatever reason, political or other, Gov. Jay Nixon has for delaying appointments in the state legislature, Mississippi County officials don't understand why he won't appoint a new public administrator for the county.

Mississippi County has been without a public administrator since Rick Reed died Jan. 16.

Public administrators in Missouri serve not only as court-appointed representatives of decedent's estates but also as guardians and conservators for county residents who are unable to care for themselves or their property and have nobody else to do so for them.

"These are the people that need to be served the most," Tom Graham said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday. "This is a clear example of not doing what's best for the people. There shouldn't be a delay."

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