Benton County Board Members

Board Members County: 
Chester Schlesselman
Elected Area: 
Years Served: 
Since 2011
Vice Chair
Dwayne Holmes
Elected Area: 
Years Served: 
Since 2011
Joe Reser
Elected Area: 
Years Served: 
Since 2009
Larry Nelson
Elected Area: 
Years Served: 
Since 2013
Secretary (University of Missouri-Extension)
Amie Breshears
Years Served: 
Since 2019
Date and Time: 
Board Election Information: 

Next Nomination: Nomination Period November 1 to November 30. 2023

Next Election: Election Voting from February 1 to February 20, 2024 


SEEKING NOMINEES Benton County SWCD Board of Supervisors

Let it be known that the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an election for one supervisor in each of two different territories in the county between February 1st and the 20th, 2024. Anyone that owns a farm in Territory 1 (Northwest section of Benton Co. including White Township) or Territory 3 (Middle section of Benton Co. including Lindsey and Cole townships), and meets the qualifications listed below, may be considered as a candidate in the election. You may submit your name for participation in the election by completing the self-nomination form and delivering it to the district by 5:00 P.M. on November 30th, 2023.  The self-nomination form is available online at or in person at the district office at 535 N Hwy 65, Lincoln.

Supervisors of the district administer district policies and programs, district personnel, and cost-share funding made available by the one-tenth-of-one-percent parks, soils and water sales tax. During fiscal year 2023, the district provided $93,000 of cost-share funds to assist the landowners with installing agricultural erosion control and water quality practices.

The qualifications required to be a supervisor are:

1. Being a land representative from the district (10 CSR 70-4.010 (1) (I)). A land representative is defined as the owner or representative authorized by power of attorney of any farm lying within an area proposed to be established, and subsequently established, as a soil and water conservation district under Chapter 278, RSMo. Each farm is entitled to representation by a land representative: provided, however that the land representative is a taxpayer of the county within which the soil and water district is located.
2. Residing in, or owning a farm in, the area from which he/she is nominated where there is an expiring term.
3.Being a cooperator of the district, defined as, "a person who is actively engaged in farming and practices conservation activities related to agriculture".
4. Being a current resident and tax-paying citizen of the county for at least two years preceding the election date.
5. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older by the election date.