A Jasper County native is the first person to drop her name in the hat to replace the retiring Richard Webster as Jasper County Auditor.

A Jasper County native is the first person to drop her name in the hat to replace the retiring Richard Webster as Jasper County Auditor.
Sarah Hoover, Carthage, announced on Friday that she's running in the August Republican Primary for the post of Jasper County Auditor.
Webster, the auditor for the past 16 years, has said he won't run for reelection this year.
The filing period for the August primary for county and state offices up for election this year started on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and runs through March 27.
Hoover said she's been honing her skills as an auditor for the past three years at Schmidt Associates PC in Carthage after graduating from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor of science in business administration/accounting in 2015.
During her time at MSSU, she was a member of the Accounting Club, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
“I really, really enjoy number-crunching and projecting, so being able to step into the position of auditor, and being able to really budget and crunch the county's numbers, on such a broad spectrum of the entire county, that in itself is very exciting to me,” Hoover said. “The auditor is responsible for the budget, that's a huge thing, it's the budget for the entire county, all the county offices, projecting revenue and expenses. So that takes a lot of time.”
Hoover, with her husband of 13 years, David Hoover, and daughters Ambree and Braeli, at her side, spoke to supporters in the lobby of the Jasper County Courthouse to make her announcement.
“As your county auditor, I mean to continue the excellent work of current Auditor Richard Webster, and I'm excited to get in there and learn the ins and outs of the position,” Hoover said. “A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with the auditor's office and get a good understanding of what they do on a day-to-day basis. I learned they got a new software system, which is big because it directly links the auditor's office, the clerk's office and the treasurer's office. A number one goal of mine would be to get in there and really learn the software system, the ins and outs, the capabilities this software offers to better benefit Jasper County.”
Hoover said her mother-in-law, Jasper County Assessor Connie Hoover, encouraged her to run for the office.
Sarah Hoover said watching Connie Hoover in her job showed her that public service can be rewarding and enjoyable,
“My mother-in-law has enjoyed her job and I want to help the county in my way,” Sarah Hoover said. “
She's succeeding and she's enjoying it, so I looked at that and decided this was something I would really like to do.”