The Greene County Commission is the executive body of Greene County operating under guidelines
established in the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri. Within that authority the Commission
enacts ordinances, resolutions and policies, supervises the activities of county departments, fixes
salaries, adopts the annual budget, provides for construction and other services, and conducts
hearings on planning and zoning matters.
The county commission is comprised of three elected officials who serve four-year terms.
In 2018, Bob Dixon was elected to the Greene County Commission as Presiding Commissioner.
After graduating Christian Schools of Springfield, he attended Missouri State University. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Drury University in 1997 graduating magna cum laude with departmental distinction. He later returned to Drury, earning a Master of Education, Human Services degree in 2009.
Bob entered public service in 2002 when the people of southeastern Greene County elected him to the Missouri House of Representatives. Voters returned him to the House three more times in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Twice his colleagues elected him to a leadership position as Majority Caucus Chairman. He was appointed both Majority Caucus Chaplain and the Chairman of the Transportation Committee.
In 2010, Dixon was elected to represent the people of Springfield in the State Senate. He was appointed Chair of the Judiciary Committee, serving as the first non-attorney in that post since the 1830s and only the third in state history. Under his leadership, Missouri’s Criminal Code was completely revised for the first time in 35 years. He also led the effort to re-circuit Missouri’s Court System for the first time since the 1950s as well as updated the authorizing statutes of the State Auditor for the first time since 1929.
Bob and his wife Amanda live in Springfield and have three daughters, Grace, Rose and Olivia, as well as an English Springer Spaniel named Charlie. He is an adjunct instructor in Drury University’s Leadership Studies Program and a licensed realtor with HOB Realty. His career in the private sector includes more than 20 years of experience in banking and financial services.
In his role as Presiding Commissioner, he looks forward to using his background in the Senate and the private sector to better the lives of the citizens of Greene County. He welcomes and appreciates the advice, direction and counsel of fellow citizens to make that a reality.
Harold Bengsch graduated from Billings High School in 1953 and went on to receive a double major in Agriculture and 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 a 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, 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 60 years, Darlene, enjoy gardening and their church work. They have two grown daughters, Meschiel and Kena, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Harold’s motto is: There is no limit to what can be accomplished when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.
On Jan. 8, 2019 John C. Russell was appointed as the interim Greene County District 2 Commissioner. Russell holds a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri and fills the position left vacant by Lincoln Hough, who was elected to the Senate in November, 2018.
In addition to his business degree, Russell brings extensive experience in business management, having developed and launched a local insurance and risk management firm. He also previously served as the deputy chief of staff for former Governor Matt Blunt where he oversaw operations, as well as serving as the liaison between the governor and the Department of Economic Development.
Currently, Russell serves as the board president-elect for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and is a member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.