Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

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FERGUSON > City manager selected * The City Council has picked De'Carlon Seewood as Ferguson city manager.

The choice of Seewood, an East St. Louis native who is a former assistant Ferguson city manager, was announced in a press release Tuesday evening. He most recently served as village manager for Richton Park, Ill.

"Mr. Seewood has over 20 years of governmental experience and we believe his vision and commitment to the city of Ferguson will be a great asset to our residents, business owners and other stakeholders," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said in the release. "He has a proven track record of being fiscally responsible, while also managing governmental affairs in a timely and efficient manner."

The release credits Seewood with helping to create a redevelopment plan to revitalize the downtown business community, establishing a streetscape plan and assisting with the development of the farmers market while he was with the city from 2001-2007. In his new post, he will be paid $110,000.

He was among three finalists for the job who were introduced to the public last month. More than 40 people had applied for the top appointed post in the city, which saw months of turmoil after a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown last year. (From staff reports)

CHESTERFIELD > Open council seat filled * Barb McGuinness on Monday was tapped to fill a vacant City Council seat.

The Chesterfield City Council on Monday approved Mayor Bob Nation's recommendation that McGuinness fill the seat left open by the death of Nancy Greenwood. Her term will last until the April elections.

McGuinness, a longtime resident, had served for many years on the city's Planning Commission, including as its chair, and had been part of the original committee which proposed incorporation of Chesterfield.

Former Councilman Alan Politte, in public comment, said McGuinness was on the city's first Planning Commission "and set the tone for the development of the city." (Special to the Post- Dispatch)

ST. JOHN > School zones set up; speed limits may drop * The speed limit would drop to 15 miles per hour on several streets recently designated "school zones" under an ordinance St. John officials tentatively approved on Monday.

The speed limit in St. John is 25 miles per hour unless noted otherwise.

Earlier at the City Council meeting, officials established school zones on St. Charles Rock and Woodson roads and Orlando, Bristol and North avenues and authorized Director of Public Works James Phillips to install signs "and/or other devices that would identify" the areas as school zones. …

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