Council ready to interview 10 applicants for vacant District 4 seat

A little more than a month after voters in City Council District 4 chose to recall Chris Moreno, the City is moving closer to filling the now-vacant seat.

On April 24, Mayor Randy Rhoads and the Council began a previously-used process of filling the seat by calling for interested residents of the district to submit applications for the position. When the application process closed on April 4, 10 people had submitted their names for consideration by the Council. The Council will interview each applicant during this week's (May 11) televised City Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Rhoads said in an earlier interview the Council will vote to select a replacement after conducting the interviews. The goal, he said, was to have a new Council member sworn in during the month of May.

"I guess the good thing about this situation is that we don't need to create a process for this," Rhoads said. "The situations were a little different, but its happened twice before, at least in recent memory. It will take a little bit of time, but we will fill that seat."

The 10 applicants for the seat are:

  • James F. Freeman III
  • Madona (Donna) Gordon
  • Dana R. Arth
  • Erik Crew
  • Fredrick E. DeMoro
  • Michelle Kraxberger
  • Gladys V. Bratton
  • Casey Crawford
  • Jarrod Gravatt
  • Amy Fox

Some of the applicants have either previously served, or currently serve, on civic commissions or boards on appointments by the Mayor. Freeman served on City Council 1996-1998 and 2000-2008. DeMoro currently serves on the Planning Commission and recently served on the 12-member Charter Review Commission. Bratton served as chair of the Charter commission. Gravatt serves on the Livable Streets Commission.

Fox previously ran for City Council in April 2015, losing to Moreno.

Mayor announces Binney will continue as Mayor Pro Tem

Among the changes to the City of Lee's Summit's Charter approved by voters was the position of Mayor Pro Tem is now appointed by the Mayor.

During the May 4 Council meeting, Rhoads announced District 1 Council member Rob Binney as his appointment to the position. Binney was on a personal vacation and absent from the meeting. 

The Mayor Pro Tem serves a 1-year appointment and fills two major roles on the Council — appointing members to the various committees and managing Council meetings when the Mayor is unable to attend.

Previously, the position was appointed by a vote of the sitting Council members. Binney served as Pro Tem in the previous year after the Rhoads broke a tie among the Council.