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David Dick is a lifelong resident of Pettis County.
He is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and attended State Fair Community College where he earned an associate of science in farm management. He went on to earn a bachelor’s of science in animal science from the University of Central Missouri.
He said he is a farmer by profession and the laundry list of organizations he belongs to confirms that to be true. He is a member of the Farm Bureau, the Missouri Cattleman’s Association, the Beef Industry Council, and the National Cattleman’s Board.
He said his background in farm management has given him the needed skills to do the job as presiding commissioner.
“That AS in farm management, at the time you know it was 1982-83 through the farm crisis, and they really beat into our heads the fiscal side of what an Ag business has to be, a farm,” Dick said. “Which, kind of hadn’t been practiced up until that, so that was instilled in us and I’m thankful for that.”
Pam Carter is a life-long Missouri resident and has lived in Sedalia for more than 20 years.
While Carter left college to pursue a career in the insurance industry, she obtained a health and life license and successfully ran her own agency for several years. After that she entered the world of real estate sales and currently works in rental property.
She served on the Sedalia City Council from 2010 to 2012 and said she dealt with many of the same issues the presiding commissioner does, giving her the experience needed to serve as presiding commissioner.
“During that time, I dealt with a large budget, was vice chair of the public works and dealt with the roads and was on there when we had problems with the bridge and getting that repaired,” she said. “A lot of the things that have just been completed recently, I was originally on there (the council), like the fire station.”
Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney
Currently working as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Pettis County, Sawyer has already seen the courtroom through the eyes of a prosecutor.
After graduating high school in Windsor, Sawyer attended Missouri Valley College where he received a bachelor’s in sociology and a bachelor’s in criminal justice. He then attended law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
By maximizing the use of, and advocating for additional, court treatment programs, Tanner said she can reduce repeat offenses and return productive citizens into the community.
Tanner is a Smith-Cotton High School graduate who attended State Fair Community College before receiving a bachelors from the University of Central Missouri in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. She graduated law school from the University of Missouri in 2002.
She worked as a criminal defense paralegal from 1994-2002 and afterwards established her own private practice, located in Sedalia.
An assistant prosecuting attorney in Stoddard County with more than 7,000 prosecutions under his belt, Rehmer said he will make Pettis County “unattractive” to criminals.
Smithton High School Valedictorian in 2003, Rehmer finished his undergraduate studies at Westminster College in Fulton and graduated law school at the University of Missouri.
He began working in civil litigation in 2010 and became assistant prosecutor in Stoddard County in 2011.
After practicing law in Sedalia for more than 10 years, McNeal said many of the problems the community faces are related to the abuse of methamphetamine.
McNeal is a Smith-Cotton High School and State Fair Community College graduate. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and currently operates a private practice in Sedalia that has been open since 2003.
Division 6 Judge
With a vast knowledge of court procedure garnered from nearly three decades in the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Jeff Mittelhauser said patience, a broad knowledge of the applicable law and a desire to try to reach a fair and impartial decision in each case are the qualities every judge should possess.
Mittelhauser graduated from Central Missouri State University, now the University of Central Missouri, in 1978 and from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1981. He was the first public defender in Pettis County, also serving Morgan and Moniteau counties, before becoming an assistant prosecutor.
He served as assistant prosecutor for four years and was elected as Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney in 1986. He also served as Sedalia City Attorney during his tenure as assistant prosecutor.
An officer in the Missouri Army National Guard for five years and former Pettis County Prosecutor, current State Rep. Stanley Cox has given his time to a laundry list of community organizations and will not only bring the experience of a lawyer, but also a lawmaker to the bench.
Cox finished his undergraduate studies at CMSU in 1971 and graduated law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1976. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1971-73 and the Missouri National Guard from 1974-79.
Pettis County Auditor
A life-long Pettis County resident, for the past seven years Wingerter has worked at Marcum Hauling as a financial manager. Prior to that, she worked for 18 years at Schnell Tax Service. Her experience includes auditing financial records and budget assets and expenses on a daily basis, preparing tax returns and payroll and filing payroll reports.
She said she agrees the current auditor has done a good job and that she believes Pettis to be one of the most fiscally sound counties in Missouri.
After spending most of her life in Pettis County, Dillon is proud of the strong roots she has in the community.
With more than 25 years of experience in the accounting field, she has served on the Pettis County Soil and Water District for 20 years. She has worked with payroll, accounts payable and receivable and prepared monthly and quarterly reports for that organization and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
She has also served on the Green Ridge Board of Education and with the Green Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
An honorably discharged U.S. Marine, Adam Brooks said he believes the skills he acquired during military service will transfer well to the position of auditor.
In addition to graduating from State Fair Community College and earning a bachelor’s in accounting from Columbia College, Brooks spent three years in the USMC Accounting and Finance Division. He worked in the travel section overseeing expenses for training and completing payroll.