New City Officials Sworn In; Deputy Mayor Selected

New City Officials Sworn In; Deputy Mayor Selected

Mayor Bill Falkner, Municipal Judge John Boeh, and new city council members are among those sworn in. Pat Jones voted in as Deputy Mayor.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Two new name plates now sit in the City Council Chamber at St. Joseph's City Hall.

Kent "Spanky" O'Dell and Ken Beck were sworn in on Monday as new members of the St. Joseph City Council.

"It doesn't really soak in until now," said O'Dell.

The two are replacing Jeff Penland and Byron Myers who were voted out of office on April 4.

Mayor Bill Falkner and Municipal Judge John Boeh were re-elected to their offices and were sworn in for another term.

For O'Dell and Beck, the inauguration marks the start of capitalizing on the platforms they ran on.

"It's time to get busy and roll the sleeves up," said O'Dell.

"The first thing I think you'll find the council doing is working on the budget," said Beck.

Both said improving city streets will be a big priority.

"The streets won't be put aside this time," said O'Dell. "They are going to be taken care of, and from Bruce (city manager, Bruce Woody) to the council and the mayor, everyone seems to be on board doing this."

The council did not wait long to cause a stir after getting sworn in. For the first time since 1998, the council did not choose a Deputy Mayor that received the most at-large votes in the election. Instead, they selected Pat Jones, from district one, meaning the highest vote-getter Donna Jean Boyer was overlooked.

Boyer said she was upset, but did not want to go on camera after the meeting because she did not want to detract from the ceremony.

But for now, the city council will celebrate for a short time before starting on their agenda next Monday.

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