Hinson’s work on transportation funding issues earns him the first of what is expected to be an annual award
Franklin County Associate Commissioner Dave Hinson was recognized for going “above and beyond” in his role by the County Commissioners Association of Missouri (CCAM) Tuesday in what was the first-of-its-kind award.
Hinson was honored for his work on certain transportation funding issues. In particular, Hinson worked with Missouri’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, on a fix to a 2015 transportation bill allowing the federal government to take back about $7.6 billion from certain states. Missouri is one of the states that would be impacted the most, with about $350 million at state.
A continuing resolution in the U.S. House this week includes a repeal of that provision.
Additionally, Hinson has advocated at the federal level for the continued inclusion of the Off-System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation (BRO) program — which provides funding to counties to fix or replace deficient bridges — in a yet to be passed highway bill.
The CCAM surprised Hinson with the inaugural Commissioner of the Year award at the annual Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) conference at the Lake of the Ozarks Tuesday.
“I was honored that the rest of my fellow commissioners looked at the work I did and presented me with the award,” Hinson told The Missouri Times. “It makes you feel really good that your hard work that you put in was recognized.”
“We’re excited and happy for Dave to get the award, and obviously any recognition for Franklin County is great,” Presiding Commissioner of Franklin County Tim Brinker said.
New CCAM President Gary Jungermann credited Hinson with “stepping up” to “save money for Missouri.”
“He did a yeoman’s job of going out to D.C. and meeting with Missouri’s congressional delegation and the Department of Transportation at the federal level so counties would not lose those federal dollars,” Jungermann told The Missouri Times.
Jungermann noted in future years the award could be presented to more than one commissioner at a time.
Prior to becoming a commissioner, Hinson served six years as a state representative for HD 119 as a Republican.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is the editor of The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
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