Cass County Assessor Bob Huston recently announced his intention to run for Cass County Presiding Commissioner.
“My major goal as commissioner is to work on getting the county out of debt and continuing the effort of promoting Cass County as a great place to work, live, and to raise a family,” Huston said in a release announcing his candidacy.
His name should be familiar to voters.
Huston has served as Cass County’s assessor since 2007, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Matt Blunt. He was reelected to the same position in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
“During my time as the assessor, it has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Cass County,” Huston said in a statement. “The voters have continually reaffirmed their support of me and my abilities, and I have always worked to put our community’s needs first.”
Huston touted his efforts to reform and reshape the assessor’s office in his candidacy announcement.
Huston said there was no operating reserve when he took office in 2007, but through automation and a streamlining of staff and processes there’s now $600,000 in reserve funds.
Under Huston’s direction, the assessor’s office relies more on appraisal computer software, which has led to a reduction of staff “by almost half through natural attrition.”
“Since being elected, we added online filing for personal property disclosure, which makes it easier for Cass County citizens and saves time and money in our office,” he said in a release.
Huston — a Harrisonville native, who received his associate’s degree in business management from Longview Community College — hopes to bring the same frugal mindset to the office of presiding commissioner.
“In my years of public service, I have learned that government can be run not only efficiently, but also in a fiscally responsible and accountable manner,” Huston said. “The people of the county have placed their trust in me thus far, and I hope they will continue to trust me to serve in the position of Presiding Commissioner.”
A lifelong Cass County resident, Huston and his wife, Jodie, have been married for 25 years and have two daughters — Kailey, 22, and Abbey, 20.
He is involved with five local chambers of commerce and also serves on the Harrisonville Christian School Foundation board.
Additionally, Huston with active with the Harrisonville Athletic Booster Club and Life Choice Center and counts the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club among previous affiliations.
“I believe my long-standing ties to the local community, as well as my performance as Cass County Assessor qualifies me to serve as the next Presiding Commissioner,” Huston said in a release. “I have lived and worked among the community all of my life, and I am uniquely positioned to represent the people in this community and their interests.”
The current Cass County Presiding Commissioner, Jeff Cox, was elected to a partial term in 2012 and reelected to a full term in 2014.