By Susan Redden
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday announced the promotion of two supervisors in the county highway department and honored two workers retiring from the operation.
Bob Burris was named as the new department superintendent, succeeding Gary Nelson, who is retiring after more than 17 years in the job.
Nelson’s work for the county was praised by Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner, who supervises county road operations.
“He’s done a super job; we’ll miss him,” he said.
Burris has been with the highway department since May 1994 and has served as assistant superintendent for more than three years. Rowdy Baugh, a seven-year veteran, was named assistant superintendent.
Commissioners also honored Richard Getty, who is retiring after 22 years with the department.
Commissioners in other action approved the bid from WCI Inc., Hillsdale, to construct a new bridge on County Road 48 at the southwest edge Sarcoxie. Honey said the cost of the bridge, at $185,567, will be paid for with federal and state funds. The county also accepted a bid of $36,419 for road work to be done in conjunction with the project and paid by the city of Sarcoxie.
The county courthouse will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday for a Christmas dinner for county officers and employees, commissioners said.