The Webster Groves City Council appointed nine members and two alternate members to the Charter Review Advisory Board at the September 20 meeting.
Those selected for the Board are Nicole Chaput, Kyle Klemp, Michael Yokley, Tammy Behm, Jennifer Finney, Joseph Dugan, Matthew Hile, Jeanne Kirkton, and John Eppers.
The two alternate members are Paul Dribin and Melissa Johnson.
“The choice of who to name to the board was very difficult because we had more than 30 highly qualified applicants,” said Laura Arnold, Mayor of Webster Groves. “I am grateful to everyone who applied and talked with councilmembers about their interests in serving. Once again, it is nice to know how many people are willing to join in our governing process and serve their neighbors.”
The Charter Review Advisory Board will work with staff, a City Council liaison, and the City Attorney to review the current City Charter for sections and/or language or policies that may be outdated and propose amendments for an updated Charter to the City Council. The committee will present any recommended amendments to the Council for consideration and the Council will determine which proposals will be voted on by City residents.
“It was very gratifying to see how many residents stepped forward to apply to be on this Board,” said Dr. Marie Peoples, City Manager. “They have a large amount of important work ahead of them and it was clear throughout the interview process that these residents have done their research and have already given the charter a great deal of thought.”
The Charter Review Advisory Board will begin work in October and are expected to work for a year with their suggestions presented to the Council in November of 2023. Council will consider the suggestions in December of 2023 and any items requiring community vote will be submitted to the Election Board in 2024 for the April election of that year.
Information about the Charter Review Advisory Board is located on the City’s website at webstergrovesmo.gov/charterreview.