No one came forward as a candidate for county surveyor when Dan Fisher made the decision not to re-file for the post. What ensued was a number of write-in votes to fill the position -- 599 in all with 139 different names submitted. Of those votes, Jason Williams of Bloomfield received the most nods with a total of 38 write-in votes.
When contacted by County Clerk Joe Watson, however, it was realized that Williams did not meet the qualifications necessary to fill the position of surveyor. To qualify for the position, candidates much be at least 21 and have lived in the state for at least one year, and they must be a registered land surveyor.
The second place number of write-in votes involved a tie between Jason Cross and Joseph R. Pulliam, with each receiving eight votes. Like Williams, Cross was determined to be ineligible because he was not a registered land surveyor either.
Pulliam, however, was. He is currently one of
the employee-owners of Smith & Company Engineers out of Poplar Bluff, where he serves as the company's Assistant Survey Department Manager. He is also a member of the company's board of directors.
Pulliam is active in the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors, having served as the SEMO Chapter President in 2008 and again in 2012. Some projects in which he has participated include the Highway 67 expansion north of Poplar Bluff, Ameren's Taum Sauk Reservoir and Johnson's Shut-ins State Park restoration in Reynolds County, and the new Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Facility and adjacent 8-Points Development in Poplar Bluff. Pulliam is the husband of Marti Pulliam, the Industrial Technology teacher and Dance Team coach at Dexter High School. The Pulliams reside in Bernie with their daughters, Katie and Allie.