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Harold BengschHarold Bengsch Commissioner 1st District (417) 868-4112 (417) 868-4818

Harold Bengsch graduated from Billings High School in 1953 and went on to receive a double major in Agriculture Science from Missouri State University and a Master’s in Public Health from the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri.

After 45 years of continuous service in Public Health, Harold retired in March 2004 from the Springfield-Greene County Department of Public Health and Welfare where he spent 20 years as its director. After his retirement, he filed for office of Greene County Commissioner and was elected to the position in 2004 and is now serving his fourth four-year term of office. Harold taught in the Master of Public Health program at Missouri State University and served on the University Institutional Biological Safety Committee, the university's Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee and is a member of the College of Health & Human Services Ambassador Committee.

Commissioner Bengsch is the author of 17 publications addressing various topics of health and public health. On May 14, 2004, Missouri State University bestowed him with an honorary Doctorate of Public Affairs.

Harold and his wife of 61 years, Darlene, enjoy gardening and their church work. They have two grown daughters, Meschiel and Kena, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Harold’s motto is: There is no limit to what can be accomplished when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.