Bates County Assessor Roger Pruden Retires

After a long career in office, Bates County Assessor Roger Pruden will retire this month.   

Rogen Pruden was raised and graduated from Adrian R-III School in Adrian, Missouri and still resides there today. Before become Bates County Assessor Roger along with his family owned and operated the Homestead House on Main Street in Adrian for many years.

He was elected to the office of Bates County Assessor in 1997 and has continued to hold this office for the last 24 years. 

Roger has been elected by the people of Bates County weather he ran unopposed or was opposed by another candidate.  The people of Bates County continued to elect Roger to the office of Bates County Assessor year after year showing their trust in his ability to do the job well. The assessor office has the task for assessing values to real estate and personal property. Roger always did this job with integrity knowing his job affected the school districts in Bates County.

In 2020 Roger decided it was time to retire and decided not to run for the office of Bates County Assessor in 2021.  August 31st is the last day in office for the outgoing Assessor and as of September 1st the newly elected Bates County Assessor Carl Bettels will take over the helm.

The staff of the Bates County Assessor’s office will have a retirement reception for Roger Pruden on Wednesday, August 25th in the lobby of the Bates County Administrative Building from 1pm to 3pm.  All are welcome to come wish Roger farewell in his retirement.  Masks are required for this event.