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2018 State of the City

View Mayor Baird's 2018 State of the City Address.

Date/Time Change for City Council Meetings

Beginning on October 2, City Council meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings instead of Thursdays. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.  

At the May 11, 2017, City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council selected Fred DeMoro as the next person to fill the vacant seat in District 4.  The selection was made after hearing a brief presentation to the City Council from each of the ten citizens from District 4 who submitted applications for the position. After the presentations were completed, the Councilmembers directed several questions to the applicants to assist with their decision.  Mr. DeMoro was selected based upon a majority vote approval by the City Council. 

Mr. DeMoro has resided in the City of Lee’s Summit for 31 years and has served in numerous appointed and volunteer positions in the community.  Currently, he serves as the Secretary of the Lee’s Summit Planning Commission and recently completed work as a 2017 Charter Review Commissioner for the City of Lee’s Summit.   

During the Council interview, Mr. DeMoro stated: “I am very proud of my experience, and would like to take that experience to the next level to serve the constituents of District 4 and all the residents of Lee’s Summit.”  

In his application, he described himself as a “team player” who is supportive of:

  • maintaining a capital improvement plan to assure the quality of the community,
  • pursuing economic development opportunities that bring attractive well-paying jobs,
  • maintaining excellent public safety services, and
  • continuing strong alliances with the Economic Development Council, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Main Street, and the community educational system. 

The process given to all ten candidates provided an opportunity to better understand their passion to serve the community. Many of them spoke about their personal experiences as residents, their interest in maintaining a safe place to live, and providing a high quality of life for future residents to enjoy.

In response to the City Council’s decision, Mr. DeMoro stated, “I am honored to serve the residents of District 4 and the entire City of Lee’s Summit.”

The second District 4 Councilmember term, currently held by Dave Mosby, will expire in April of 2018 and he will not be eligible to run due to Charter limits of serving only two consecutive terms.  The other election will be for a two-year term to fill the remaining time for this seat, which will expire in 2020. 

Fred DeMoro will be sworn in by the City Clerk the first of next week and will take his seat at the May 18th City Council meeting.  

Mayor Randy Rhoads offered his special thanks to all the candidates who took the time and effort to participate in this process.  The Mayor and Council look forward to their future involvement in the City organization. 

For more information, please contact the City Clerk at 969-1006 or Denise.Chisum@cityofLS.net.