The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

August 4, 2012

Shifting alliances seen in sheriff’s race

Alliances that have shifted among some Jasper County officials will be played out at the ballot box on Tuesday.

Four years ago, John Bartosh, Jasper County presiding commissioner, was supporting the re-election of Sheriff Archie Dunn and both officeholders were publicly backing Craig Putnam in the race for Eastern District associate commissioner.

 Bartosh at one time was Dunn’s closest ally on the commission — Dunn backed him when he was first elected, defeating incumbent Chuck Surface. Bartosh also was an active member of the Dunn’s committee that pushed for passage of the Law Enforcement Sales Tax.

The two officeholders no longer are allies, and the presiding commissioner is supporting Randee Kaiser, assistant chief of the Carthage Police Department, in the three-way race for sheriff.

Dunn is suing the commission and others, primarily because of disputes concerning how law enforcement sales tax funds are being handled. The conflict started late in 2009 with disagreements over LEST spending in the 2010 budget. It escalated later in the year when the commission replaced, with its own appointments, a board created to allocate LEST grant funds to local law enforcement agencies. That action was the catalyst for the lawsuit by the sheriff, who said the new committee violated pledges made to the voters when the tax proposal was placed on the ballot.

The county and Dunn also are the subject of another lawsuit from Henry County officials seeking to recover the costs of housing Jasper County prisoners in their jail. Citing problems with overcrowding, the sheriff moved prisoners to a number of other jails, but the commission would not approve payments because the allocations were not budgeted.

Bartosh did not make a monetary donation to Kaiser’s campaign, but the presiding commissioner said he did cook a hog for a fundraiser put on by his brother, Frank Bartosh. The Kasier campaign also received contributions from Collins, Webster and Rouse, a law firm where Norman Rouse, assistant prosecutor and attorney for the commission, is a partner, and from Jim Woestman, a former Carthage mayor and chairman of the new Law Enforcement Sales Tax Board, also named in the sheriff’s lawsuit.

 According to campaign finance reports on file with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Dunn is reporting donations from a firm that supplies computer software to the sheriff’s department, and several local firms and former employees.

More than $100,000 has been raised in the race among three candidates for the post. Dunn is reporting campaign contributions of $46,735; Kaiser, $38,818; and Larry Newman, $17,192. Reports show Kaiser and Newman both made loans to their campaigns — Kaiser, $1,815, and Newman, $6,200.

In the last two reporting cycles, Dunn’s campaign listed contributions of $250 or more from James Bane, Joplin, $300; Tri-State Motor Transit, Joplin, $5,000; Diana Davidson, Duenweg, $500; William Booth, Carthage, $250; Railroad Salvage and Restoration, $3,000; Gary Hall, Las Vegas, Nev., $1,000; Donna Hall, Las Vegas, $1,000; Cody Computer Services, Pottstown, Pa., $1,000; Gator Industrial, Joplin, $5,000; Max Sweezy, Carthage, $250; Denita Douglas, Neosho, $1,000; Ted Evans, Carthage, $5,000; Anita Oakes, Joplin, $250; Julia Oaks, Joplin, $250; Frank Rook, Joplin, $1,500; and Jordan Disposal Services, Joplin, $5,000.

In addition, Frank Winkler, Joplin, put on a fundraiser that grossed $9,667.

Kaiser, during the same period, listed contributions of $250 or more from Jim Woestman, Carthage, $1,500; Kelly Woestman, Pittsburg, Kan., $1,000; Ryan Jackson, Joplin, $250; Carthage Auto Plaza, $1,000; Railroad Salvage and Restoration, Joplin, $2,000; Roger Renken, Reeds, $500; Tyler Artym, Carthage, $350; Phyllis Morgan, Carthage, $840; Todd Eads, Carthage, $900; April Knell, Carthage, $540; Phyllis Morgan, Carthage, $1,000; John Hoffer Dodge, Carthage, $700; and Collins Webster and Rouse law firm, Joplin, $1,250.

Fundraisers on Kaiser’s behalf were put on by Frank Bartosh, Carthage, netting $5,377; Anna Ruth Mosbaugh, Joplin, $408; Cindy Dagnan, Webb City., $200; Sam Swatsenbarg, Carthage, $2,115; and Jim Woestman, Carthage, $9,584.

The campaign also noted $6,250 in in-kind contributions from Roper Automotive Group, Joplin, which paid for billboard advertising.

Newman reported campaign contributions in excess of $250 from Alan Buttram, Oronogo, $320; Joplin Railroad and Restoration, Joplin, $2,500; Jim Jones, Joplin, $300; and Michael Snyder, Carl Junction, $500.


All three candidates are running on the Republican ballot. The winner of the primary will likely assume the office in January. In the November election, the only other candidate for sheriff will be Libertarian John J. Karriman.

Text Only
Local News
  • Ballot issues dominate GOP event

    A maze of campaign yard signs lined the sidewalk at Big Spring Park, leading up to a line of local candidates for public office with rolled-up sleeves shaking hands with potential voters.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mike Pound: It’s time for some football

    The arrests, the announced suspensions and the contract disputes can mean only one thing: Somebody is ready for some football.

    July 24, 2014

  • Landfill opponents seek answers

    The Baxter Springs High School auditorium was filled with hundreds of Cherokee County residents Thursday night as Galena city officials answered questions and listened to comments regarding a proposed landfill at Riverton.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hanaway says leadership missing under Gov. Nixon

    When Republican gubernatorial hopeful Catherine Hanaway walked into the banquet room at Granny Shaffer’s Restaurant this week, she was greeted by some of Joplin’s more prominent business leaders.

    July 24, 2014

  • Neosho athletes bring home silver

    For 19-year-old Dominque Dechant, it was the trip of a lifetime. She and three other athletes from Neosho traveled last month to Newark, New Jersey, as part of the Missouri Special Olympics girls basketball team.

    July 24, 2014

  • r072414msw.jpg VIDEO: Carterville company expands to third generation

    What began as Ray “Mac” McCoy’s side job in his home 55 years ago has grown not only in square footage and reach, but in generations. This summer, a third generation took over the reins of MSW — Mac’s Specialty Woodwork — that now exceeds 90,000 square feet and creates custom furniture for chain restaurants coast to coast.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Shrine Bowl band, cheerleaders, players arrive in Pittsburg this week

    Band members were the first Kansas Shrine Bowl participants to arrive at Pittsburg State University this week.

    July 24, 2014

  • Galena council rescinds landfill decisions

    The Galena City Council voted Wednesday to rescind decisions it made two weeks ago regarding a proposed landfill at Riverton.

    July 23, 2014

  • Miami council waives fees for barbecue event

    The Miami City Council voted Tuesday to waive $3,750 in usage fees for Miami Elks Lodge No. 1320 for an upcoming barbecue championship at the Miami Fairgrounds.

    July 23, 2014

  • Carthage prepares for Marian Days

    The 37th annual Marian Days celebration will start in two weeks, and planning is well under way for the event that will bring tens of thousands of Catholics of Vietnamese descent to Carthage.

    July 23, 2014

Must Read


Amendment 8 in Missouri proposes a special lottery ticket to help fund state veterans homes. How will you vote?

For it.
Against it.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter