Nelson Sworn In As Commissioner

By: 
Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Missouri Governor Mike Parson has appointed Glen Nelson of Lincoln as the new Northside Benton County Commissioner.  Nelson replaces Jim Hansen who  was appointed by Parsons as the Benton County Assessor after Rodger Reedy won a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. 
Nelson, who grew up in Memphis, graduated from Santa Rosa High School in California with the class of 1964. Right out of high school he joined the United States Marines and served from 1964 until 1966. He continued in the Marine Reserves until 1970.
For 32 years Nelson worked for Pacific Bell (now AT&T).  He was responsible for construction and installation of telephone lines from the Bay area to the Oregon border.
After retirement, he and his wife Cathie moved to Lincoln where his parents had retired.
Nelson served three terms as the Mayor of Lincoln and five years as a Lincoln Alderman.  He had to resign as Alderman to take the position of Benton County Northside Commissioner.
He has also spent eight years on the Board of Trustees at Bothwell Medical Center and served as finance chairman during many of their building projects.
Nelson, along with eight other candidates, applied online to the Governor’s office to be considered for the position of Benton County Northside Commissioner.  The process took over a month and involved personal interviews as well.  While the Benton County Republican Committee can make a recommendation to the Governor’s office, the ultimate decision is with the Governor.
Nelson’s reason for applying for the job involves economic development.
“Benton County is a poor county and one of my strengths is economic development,” Nelson said.  “We need to increase our revenue so we need new businesses.  We do not have enough money to fix our roads so we need more revenue.”
Nelson spoke of the loss of business in Lincoln.  “The first time I visited my parents in Lincoln there were several grocery stores and other stores in the downtown area but now there are very few,” Nelson said.
While on the Lincoln Board of Aldermen, Nelson worked to bring Dollar General and other businesses to Lincoln.
“Repairing roads is important but it is not the only job of the Commission,” said Nelson.
Nelson is also a representative on the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council.  The Council supports the airmen in anyway they can such as raising funds to send airmen home at Christmas to helping with funds for the annual Air Show.
“The Council is nonpolitical,” Nelson said.  “We are there to support the airmen at Whiteman.”  Nelson became involved with the Council when he became Mayor of Lincoln.
Nelson and his wife Cathie are the parents of three sons:  Glenn, a retired Air Force officer; Mike, a Registered Nurse in Warrensburg; and Mark, a human resource manager at Reser Foods in Topeka, Kansas.  They are also proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
While Nelson has two years left on his term, he is not sure whether he will run for the position when his time is over.  “Many people have asked me that but right now I am just learning the job,” Nelson said.  “I am honored to have been selected.  There were many good candidates.”
Commissioner Nelson can be reached at the Benton County Courthouse during the week at 438-7406.  The Benton County Commission meets on Monday at 9 and all meetings are open to the public.

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