COLUMBIA — Republicans Norman Lampton and John D. Sullivan added their names to the list of candidates for Boone County public administrator on Monday.
The public administrator serves a four-year term and is assigned by the court to handle the estates of deceased people, of minors and of those who are otherwise unable to handle their own affairs and have no legal guardian or family member to do so, according to the public administrator's website. He or she is charged with providing for the proper care of the person and protects the assets of an estate against injury, waste, theft or loss.
Lampton and Sullivan will compete for the Republican nomination in the August primary election. Two Democrats — incumbent Cathy Richards and her predecessor, Connie Bell Hendren, have filed for their party's nomination. The general election will be in November.
Lampton, 68, has been a lawyer for 41 years and owns Lamptom Law Firm. He said his background as an attorney would save estates the public administrator handles from the expense of hiring attorneys to represent them. He also said he likes the opportunity to perform a public service.
"The most important thing is the estate be handled fairly, quickly and accurately," Lampton said of his priorities if he is elected to the office.
Lampton said that he thinks Richards is doing a good job as public administrator but that he also could perform the duties well.
Lampton has lived in Columbia since 1974. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and economics at Benedictine College and a law degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Lampton also was in the U.S. Navy for eight years and served in Vietnam between his undergraduate and graduate student years.
He also worked in data forensics for 12 years.
John D. Sullivan
Sullivan is running for the position for the third time after failing to be elected in 2004 and 2008. He said he has always had a desire to serve people, and he believes he has the background and skills to be a good public administrator.
Sullivan earned his master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in gerontology at Nebraska-Omaha University in 1975. He said he also gained management skills as a former city administrator in Valley, Neb., and as a city manager in Aurora.
Sullivan said he is experienced in working with local, state and federal government agencies. As a former manager of an apartment complex for low-income residents and a former nursing home administrator, he said he also has compassion for and experience working with people who depend on assistance.
"It's important to take care of the folks who need to be taken care of, to be a guardian," Sullivan said. "And we also need to treat people with courtesy and respect and to help them out. "
“In the role of guardianship, it is important that the public administrator be an advocate for those in his charge, and we do this by applying common-sense management skills and a great deal of courtesy and respect for each individual," Sullivan said.
Sullivan has lived in Columbia since 1988.
Sullivan also earned a bachelor's degree in speech and drama at Creighton University in 1971. He also spent nine years in seminary, starting at age 14.
He is currently self-employed at his insurance agency, Sullivan & Associates.