City Ceremony

Ward 2 Alderman Barb McGlenn, left, and Ward 1 Alderman Zach Fuchs, center, join Mayor Ron Blum in reciting the oath of office as administered by City Clerk Chris Fawe Monday night in city hall. All three city officials retained their seats during the municipal election earlier this month. The aldermen ran unopposed while Blum defeated challenger Ramon Dominguez to earn a fourth term in office.

There was a little more drama in Lonedell than there was in St. Clair when those boards of education reorganized during their most recent meetings.

In fact, while Lonedell shuffled the deck a little, St. Clair opted to play the same hand as last year.

Every year after the spring municipal elections, boards of education must reorganize and elect officers.

Nominations from the floor are accepted for each office, and a vote among board members determines the outcome.


In Lonedell on Monday night, two individuals were nominated for both president and vice president.

Board member Maureen Lindsey received the first nod for president before current president Kathy Reed also was picked.

A show of hands determined that Reed picked up three votes to retain her seat while Lindsey received two. Both of the nominees did not vote.

For vice president, Joe Tharp first was nominated, but he declined. With the floor still open, Brad Rucker and current vice president, Scott Schneider, received support for the position.

When the votes were counted, Rucker was selected by a 4-2 tally. He did not vote.

Lindsey then was the lone nomination for treasurer, and she was elected into that position. Janet Garber again was picked as the secretary to the board.

St. Clair

In St. Clair, school board officers remained exactly the same as the current president, vice president, treasurer and secretary were the only individuals nominated for the same positions this year.

Dave Berkel remained in charge of the board as president. Andy Geisert retained his spot as vice president. Tracy Komo is staying on as treasurer. St. Clair R-XIII superintendent secretary Joyce Strothcamp will keep her duties as board secretary as well.

Those decisions were made when the R-XIII board met last Thursday.

Oaths of Office

In both Lonedell and St. Clair, two board of education members took the oath of office during their meetings.

In both school districts, there were no elections as candidates were unopposed.

Schneider and Daniel Short were sworn in by Superintendent Fred VanBibber in Lonedell. Dave Hinson and Danny Shadrick were sworn in by Strothcamp in St. Clair.

Those terms are for three years.


Swearing-in ceremonies also recently were conducted in the city of St. Clair and in its fire protection district.

At city hall on Monday night, Mayor Ron Blum confirmed election results and took his four-year-term oath as he was sworn in by City Clerk Chris Fawe to serve his fourth term.

Earlier this month, Blum defeated challenger Ramon Dominguez by a 2-1 count to keep his job as the city’s top official.

On Monday night, however, Blum appointed Dominguez to serve on the city’s Industrial Development Autority board.

Three other individuals ran unopposed and retained their city positions.

Ward 1 Alderman Zach Fuchs and Ward 2 Alderman Barb McGlenn were sworn in by Fawe alongside Blum on Monday night in city hall. Municipal Court Judge A. David Arand took his oath of office last Friday after he retained his seat earlier this month. Those terms are for two years.

During Monday’s board of aldermen meeting, McGlenn was selected as the board president, meaning she is second in command and will assume the mayorship if Blum cannot serve for any reason.

In the St. Clair Fire Protection District, newcomer Robin Jobe was sworn in as a member of the board of directors. The board then elected him as president.

He replaced Danny Gossett, who decided not to seek another term.

Kirby Banderman now is the board secretary. Berkel remains the treasurer.