- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Cape Girardeau County Commission, District 1 -- Paul Koeper
Name: Paul Koeper
Birth: June 17, 1955, Perryville, Mo.
Spouse, children: Ellen Koeper; Chris Koeper, Andrea Koeper, Jessica Sostillio, Natalie Koeper
Occupation: Civil engineer, vice president of Penzel Construction Co. Inc.
Employer: Penzel Construction Co. Inc.
Businesses owned by candidate or spouse, all or in part: No answer
Public offices held: None
Past political campaigns and offices sought: None
Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the Cape Girardeau County Commission?
Answer: Trust. I will regain the trust of the residents of Cape County, working for and listening to your ideas. Listening and gathering ideas from many sources usually results in a good solution to any problem. I will hold town hall meetings in different communities and take your thoughts back to the commission. I will understand the budget and will look at ways to operate the county in a more efficient manner.
Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?
Answer: I graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. I have estimated and supervised roads, bridges and buildings for 30 years. Having worked with several government agencies, business owners and landowners, I understand their thoughts and can work out problems without either side giving away the farm. The District 1 commissioner oversees the road and bridge program, which is about 25 percent of the county's budget.
Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?
Answer: I have worked in the private sector and understand the importance of staying within a budget. I have several employees working for me and understand their problems. I understand in any organization it's not about me, it's about us, and the key to success is to surround myself with good people. I have worked with other government agencies and have an understanding of how they think. I have had to develop new ideas and ways to cut costs without jeopardizing the quality of work.
Question 4: What specifically will you do to ensure open and transparent government?
Answer: As stated before, I will hold town hall meetings, and if residents would like to see evening commission meetings, webcasts or telecasts of meetings, I welcome these ideas if feasible and realize the resisdents will be my boss and if the boss isn't happy, no one's happy!
Question 5: In what ways will you support road-paving projects for the county?
Answer: I believe the existing road-paving policy needs to be rewritten. I don't believe it has the best interest of the people of our county. I will offer to meet with all property owners on roads and discuss the problems and ideas along that section of road before any extra rights of way [easements] are requested.