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Council District 5


Represented by:

   Oscar J. "Jim" Kasten (D)   

A lifelong resident of Herculaneum, Missouri, Oscar J. "Jim" Kasten was elected to represent District 5 to serve on the Jefferson County Council for a four-year term commencing on January 1, 2015. 


Jim attended Dunklin R-5 schools, graduated from Herculaneum High School in 1966, was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, was inducted into the United States Navy, attended the Naval Academy for 3 1/2 years, and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Jim was employed for 29 years at H.W. Herrell Distributing Company in Imperial, Missouri, taught Science at Senn-Thomas Middle School, taught mathematics and physics at Windsor High School; coached Football and Track at Herculaneum High School; was the head Cross Country and Track coach at Windsor, was the assistant Football coach at Windsor, and is a volunteer coach for high school Cross Country and Track, working with his son Ryun, the Head Coach at Herculaneum High School.

Jim also serves as the City Administrator for the City of Herculaneum, and is involved in the community as a member of several Boards and Committees such as the Dunklin R-5 Board of Education, Herculaneum Today & Tomorrow, the Jefferson County Water Authority Board, the Economic Development Commission, the Jefferson County Port Authority, the Herculaneum Sons of the AmVets, and the Festus-Crystal City Elks.

Jim has been married to high school sweetheart Tina Avery for over 46 years, with three children, Erin, Carrie and Ryun and six grandchildren.


Contact Info:


Hillsboro Office 

Jefferson County Justice Center

3rd Floor, Room 305

400 First Street

Hillsboro, MO 63050   

(636) 797-5353



Administrative Assistant: 

Pat Schlette

(636) 797-5517