Citing significant progress during his first term in office, Benton County Judge Barry Moehring announced today that he is running for a second term.
“It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Benton County,” Moehring said. “And with the voters’ permission, I would like to continue the progress we’ve made to bring change to Benton County.”
Moehring cited the Benton County Courts Facility as one example of the progress made. “Since January, with the collaboration of the Benton County Quorum Court, we’ve selected a downtown Bentonville location, hired a world-class facility, architecture and construction team and are well down the road of a final design of the new courts facility,” Moehring said.
During his first campaign for County Judge in 2016, Moehring ran on three key initiatives and he plans to continue these themes if elected to a second term:
Financial Stewardship: Since taking office, Moehring has scaled back the size of county government by cutting budgets in a reasonable and prudent manner. For fiscal year 2018, he’s submitted a budget that was nearly $1,000,000 lower than 2017 and returned more than $1,300,000 to the county’s general fund.
“I’ve dedicated myself to saving taxpayers’ dollars since I took office,” Moehring said. “Whether its finding efficiencies in contracting for ambulance service, reorganizing departments or eliminating unnecessary expenditures, I’ve established a track record of being fiscally conservative, both in philosophy but also in the day-to-day operations of county government.”
Long-Range Planning: Since taking office, Moehring has launched long-range planning initiatives in a variety of areas including the provision of ambulance service and county space planning. Perhaps the most significant impact is the implementation of a five year pavement management plan to fix Benton County’s ailing road network.
“Our road system had really languished over the past few years and based on our analysis, nearly 50 percent of our road network was substandard,” Moehring said. “We’ve now implemented an objective, data-driven solution to fix our roads in the most efficient and long-lasting way possible.”
Additionally, Moehring and his team are implementing a five year program to improve Benton County’s bridges. One example of that program was the collaboration with local residents and the Quorum Court to expedite the renovation, repair and re-opening of War Eagle Bridge in October.
“Of all the things we worked on this past year, getting War Eagle Bridge opened under budget and ahead of schedule may have been our proudest moment,” Moehring said.
Trust, Integrity and Transparency: Moehring launched a number of initiatives to bring more trust and integrity to Benton County. Among those were appropriately marking all county vehicles and installing GPS systems, hiring a third party accounting firm to conduct a risk assessment of financial policies and procedures, conducting an audit of county assets, installing new fuel management systems and implementing new accounting and financial controls and procedures.
Moehring also hosted a series of town halls in the rural areas of the county. “I think it’s very important to bring government to the people,” Moehring said. “We had a terrific turnout, spirited discussion, tough questions and excellent feedback… exactly what the great American Town Hall should be.”
More than 300 people turned out for the town halls, which were held in Gentry, Sulphur Springs, Prairie Creek and Garfield. Moehring plans to hold more town halls during the 1st quarter of 2018.
Prior to becoming Benton County Judge in January 2017, Moehring served two terms on the Benton County Quorum Court. He has nearly 25 years of private sector experience including holding leadership and executive positions with Motorola, Disney and Walmart among others. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Arizona.
He’s been married to his wife, Cindy, for 26 years and they have three kids: Bennett, Hayden and Allison.
The Primary Election will be held on May 22nd and the General Election will be held on November 6th. The term of office for Benton County Judge will run from January 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2022.