MARYVILLE, Mo. — Diane Thomsen, a Democrat, is running for her fourth term as Nodaway County Public Administrator.
A native of Nodaway County, Thomsen graduated from Hopkins in 1973, then earned a degree in office administration from Northwest Missouri State University. Shortly thereafter, she met her husband, Mark, with whom she has a daughter.
In 2008, Thomsen was elected public administrator, a position that then was part-time.
Continuing to work in the downtown Strong & Strong law firm where she also was a legal assistant, the 33 cases she started with grew so much that by her next term, the position was now full time. Currently, Thomsen said her case load is at 71, which she noted is actually down from last year.
Thomsen also said that her longstanding relationship with the attorneys at Strong & Strong, who provide frequent necessary legal services for free, is an advantage over her opponent, Dee O’Riley (see O’Riley’s candidate profile in this paper for why O’Riley disputes this advantage). Thomsen estimated that the arrangement, which Thomsen indicated would not be extended to O’Riley, saves the county thousands of dollars per year, and would continue to do so if she were re-elected.
And the job itself, Thomsen said, remains rewarding.
“It’s inspiring to help people, because a lot of times people come from a background where they can’t make their way out of it,” Thomsen said. “Coupled with mental issues, there might be family exploitation of funds, things like that. You want to get them to a better place.”
And as long as they work at it, Thomsen said she has the same goal in mind for all the people she serves.
“Being able to get those individuals to a certain place, to hopefully, someday, get their rights restored,” she said. “… And I always tell them, there is that light at the end of the tunnel. At some point, you should be able to get either a partial or a full restoration of your rights back, at some point in your lifetime.”
Thomsen said that because of the rewarding aspects of the job, she’s exactly where she wants to be.
“I would be honored to serve another four years as public administrator for Nodaway County,” she said.