Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Bill Compere, Realtor with CJR Commercial Group, as Greene County treasurer, two months after an abrupt resignation.
Justin Hill, the county's chief deputy auditor, has worked as interim treasurer since former Greene County Treasurer John Hoffman resigned on Dec. 10, following the indictment of one of his staff members concerning embezzlement charges.
Hill's position in the auditor's office was left open as he served in the interim, according to Springfield Business Journal archives
Compere, a Democrat, is a licensed certified public accountant with a rich history in the Springfield area.
Compere graduated from Missouri State University and has been a resident of Springfield for more than 45 years, according to CJR Commercial
The treasurer position marks the fourth big change in his career.
Compere worked as an accountant for 38 years as a partner and shareholder with local and national CPA firms.
He left public accounting in 2000, when he began a three-year stint as Urban Districts Alliance director, where he helped the organization obtain financial stability and management, according to SBJ archives
After a brief stab at politics in which he ran for Greene County commissioner but lost, he went to work with CJR Commercial.
He also has volunteered hours to work as the chairman of the Vision 20/20 committee, chairman and member of the Jordan Valley Park Advisory Committee, chairman of the Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission, and chairman of the Springfield Traffic Advisory Board, according to CJR.
Additionally, he has had volunteer leadership positions with the United Way, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Springfield Rotary, the Greene County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Springfield Jaycees, the release said.
“Bill Compere has an impeccable background in accounting and an outstanding record of service to the community,” Nixon said in a news release. “He will make an excellent treasurer for one of Missouri’s largest counties, and I am pleased to appoint him to this position.”[[In-content Ad]]