The man appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt today to manage Greene County's court system filed for bankruptcy in 2003.
Blunt appointed Springfield businessman Steve Helms, last seen politically during an unsuccessful 2006 attempt to unseat 138th District State Representative Sara Lampe, to the Greene County Circuit Clerk position.
Helms' Chapter 7 bankruptcy was the subject of a July 22, 2006, Turner Report post:
According to U. S. Bankruptcy Court documents, Helms, former owner of Mello's Tree Service and Complete Mobile Home, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Feb. 7, 2003. He reported $767,079.32 in debt, including more than $113,000 in credit card debt from 10 providers. The creditors listed in the bankruptcy document include: Dade County, Webster County, Greene County, Polk County, the city of Greenfield, and Empire District Electric Company.
The list of creditors included financial institutions holding mortgages and second mortgages on Helms' rental property, as well as providing him loans for various pieces of equipment for his tree-trimming service.
During his state representative campaign, this statement was on Helms' website:
"Steve Helms will strive to keep government fiscally accountable. Taxes should be as low as possible. Steve believes that you can spend your money better than the government."