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Columbia Missourian

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: County commissioner, public administrator contested in Linn County

By Aubrey Ellison
October 8, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. CDT

This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.

First District Commissioner

WHAT'S THE JOB:  The First District commissioner oversees the operations of the county, such as issuing contracts, requesting bids, approving a county's budget, certifying elections and maintaining county roads.

WILLIAM J. "BILL" DORSEY (D), Brookfield

Personal: Age 57. Married to Kathy Dorsey; three daughters.

Party affiliation: Democrat.

On the Web: No campaign website.

Occupation: Owner of a fifth-generation retail store in Brookfield.

Education: High school, some college.

Background: City Council member for 12 years; mayor of Brookfield for five years; member of Linn County Democratic Committee; past president of Linn County Democratic Committee; appointed county commissioner in February; IDA board past president and IDA member for more than years.


Personal: Age 60. Married to Darlene Curly; four children and seven grandchildren.

Party affiliation: Republican.

On the Web: No campaign website.

Occupation: Independent highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service.

Education: High school, vocational tech for carpentry.

Background: Deacon of South Baptist Church; church treasurer; 16 years on Laclede Fire Board; 15 years as city tax collector; member of Jackson Masonic Lodge No. 82. 


Public Administrator


The public administrator serves as a court appointed personal representative in decedent’s estates, and as a guardian and/or conservator for individuals who are unable to care for themselves or their property when there is no one else to serve them.

KAY CUNNINGHAM (R), Brookfield

Party affiliation: Republican.

Cunningham declined to be interviewed.

DONALD A. FUHRHOP (D), Brookfield

Personal: Age: 53. Married to LeDonna Fuhrhop; four Children.

Party affiliation: Democrat.

On the Web: No campaign website.

Occupation: Auto and real estate sales.

Education: High school.

Background: Auto sales manager; experience in real estate; owned a restaurant for one year; member of Brookfield City Council for 4 1/2 years; North Central Missouri Regional Airport Board for five years.