Steve Myers will succeed Jerry Eversmeyer as the alderman for Ward 2, filling out a term that expires in April 2014.
Myers, a local Boy Scout leader and Pacific Riverwalk promoter, was named by Mayor Herb Adams to fill Eversmeyer’s unexpired term.
The board of aldermen approved Myers’ appointment and he was sworn in at the May 7 meeting.
Eversmeyer resigned effective May 1, with one year remaining on his term to move to Alaska and assist his grandchildren and daughter-in-law, a college student, while his son is on military deployment.
The newly seated alderman resigned his seat on the planning and zoning commission, a seat he had occupied for only three months.
In explaining his choice, Adams said it was Myers’ work on the proposed Meramec River trail system, known as Pacific Riverwalk, that cinched his decision to appoint him.
The mayor stressed that the appointment should not be seen as political payback because Myers chaired his 2011 re-election campaign.
As mayor, Adams noted that he has made other political appointments to the board and did not seek individuals who would always agree with him.
“One individual I appointed to the board of aldermen was former mayor Jill Pigg, who not only frequently disagreed with me, she eventually ran against me and defeated me,” Adams said. “I appointed her because I wanted someone with youthful vision on the board.”
The same criteria, Adams said, was used in the selection of Myers to fill the vacancy created by Eversmeyer’s resignation.
As a condition of his appointment, Adams noted that Myers agreed to stand for election for the seat in April 2014.
“Steve Myers is different than me. I care very little about conversation, but he does. I’ve never been a Boy Scout, but he has. That’s what he brings to the table,” Adams said. “I believe he brings something to our parks. He’s been working for years on trails.”
Myers owns and operates Myers Billboard Service, headquartered in Pacific, which provides sales, installation and maintenance for 20 advertising companies.
Myers, age 49, and his wife Lori have two children, Zachery, 17, and Lindsey, 15.
At the same meeting, Adams appointed Myers to serve as aldermanic liaison to the park board.