Franklin County Deputy Collector Doug Trentmann won the seat Tuesday to become the county collector.

A total of 18,798 votes were cast in Tuesday’s primary election. Trentmann received 6,908 votes, or 36.7 percent, opponents Jamie Keen totaled 6,690 votes, or 35.5 percent, and Tracy Comely collected 5,200 votes, or 27 percent.

“My initial thoughts were actually shock and disbelief,” Trentmann said upon winning the election.

“I’m still kind of in shock that I won and that all of the efforts paid off.”

Trentmann said he is looking forward to implementing a new computer system for the office and offer help to the employees and customers.

“I’m excited to keep working and take the office to the next step,” he said.

Trentmann added he also is looking forward to sorting through paperwork with fresh eyes.

“I think new eyes and a new face for the office will bring changes,” he said. “I’m excited to continue working and just keep going.”

He expressed gratitude to the voters and is “appreciative of every effort that everyone made.” He will replace Linda Emmons, who was first elected to the seat in 1998. 

Trentmann was born, raised and lives in Washington. He attended East Central College, but did not finish his degree. He has certificates through the University of Missouri Extension.

He was a “lower-level” clerk and a computer programmer for six years before becoming the chief deputy collector. He has held that position for one year.

Trentmann also is a volunteer firefighter for the Washington Fire Department and was once a treasurer for the department.

In the collector office, Trentmann said he is involved in the design process of a new computer system that will be implemented in the office.

Some problems the office will face over the next four years are legislative changes, the county’s anticipated growth and keeping up with increased volume, according to Trentmann.

There is not a Democratic opponent for the November general election, so Trentmann will take office at the start of next year.