How much do city officials get paid?
by Stacy Wiedmaier
Tuesday evening's changing of the guard in Platte City’s City Hall switched up three elected seats and new faces officially made their debut.
Salaries of the city's elected officials may be paid for by your tax dollars, but the public actually has no direct say in the amount awarded to each person. The board of aldermen set both the mayor's salary and their own. Per the state constitution, no elected official can accept a pay raise in their salary during the middle of their term. For more on story.
by Stacy Wiedmaierk
Tuesday evening’s board of aldermen meeting in Platte City was out with the old and in with the new, literally.
Three new elected aldermen from each of the three wards joined in their first official meeting. The men’s nameplates were already engraved and in place after the five minute recess was held for the new aldermen to take their assigned seat at the conference table.
The decommissioning of the former aldermen, Lee Roy Van Lew, Jim Palmer and George McClintock, occurred with much pomp and circumstance. Mayor Dave Brooks presented each of them with a plaque and openly praised them in front of the packed board room.
“No man has ever worked this hard, or ever will again,” said Brooks about Van Lew. “He was a joy to serve with.”
Each outgoing alderman shook hands and posed for photos with the mayor while they continued to take turns.
“Everyone who works with him recognizes how much time Jim has spent in serving this community,” said Brooks about Palmer. “He’s been on this board for 11 years and no one else has been so dedicated. Ever.”
Palmer politely corrected the mayor by stating he has served on the board for 12 years, or six terms. Not 11 years like the mayor stated in his introduction.
“Time sure has flown by!” said Palmer smiling. “I’ve only missed six days in all 12 years.”
Brooks gazed into the crowd as he praised McClintock by stating, “If everyone would work as hard as you do, then we’ll be okay.”
The city clerk, Amy Hubbard, swore in the new aldermen before two of the ousted aldermen left the building completely. The three men raised their right hands and repeated their oath of office as the crowd welcomed them with applause. After their first meeting concluded, each breathed a sigh of relief and shared their thoughts on how it went.
“I know it was very difficult for the mayor to do this because he has a long working relationship with each of these men,” said Ward 3 alderman Todd Sloan. “There were a few awkward moments at the beginning but we will work well together.”
The newest Ward 2 elected official, Andy Stanton, joked and smiled a large grin as he said how thankful he was that Keith (Moody, city administrator) managed to keep his first meeting relatively short. He said he felt it went well overall and feels comfortable sitting in the new seat.
“It was a little tense at first, but change is always good,” said Ward 1 alderman Ron Stone. “I think it went well, actually. There were a lot of emotions which was to be expected, but I suppose that’s part of politics.”