Last week it was announced a city hall regular would be leaving elected office to take a new job:
The Board of Directors of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. has appointed Michael P. McMillan, 41, as the next president and chief executive officer of the 95 – year old Urban League affiliate. McMillan, the License Collector for the City of St. Louis since 2007 and a longtime Urban League member and supporter, takes the helm August 5, succeeding James H. Buford who is retiring after 28 years of stellar service to the Urban League. (Urban League)
McMillan, 42 as of last Friday, will be assuming an important leadership position in St. Louis, congratulations.
This also means a city-wide elected office will become vacant, the position of license collector. As a county office, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, will appoint a successor to complete the term, which ends on December 31, 2014. The next primary is in August 2014. The appointee will have nearly a year in office on the day of the primary.
Speculation began right away as to who Nixon might be considering, the Post-Dispatch listed the following in Field to replace St. Louis License Collector is wide open:
- Brian Wahby, the former chairman of the St. Louis City Democrats who lost a bid for city treasurer last year.
- Terry Kennedy, a workhorse at the Board of Aldermen who chairs the board’s Ways and Means committee.
- Marlene Davis, close friend of McMillan’s who represents his old Midtown ward.
- Martin Casas, who unsuccessfully ran for state representative and is looking to stay active in politics
- Donna Baringer, alderman from the city’s Ward 16.
- Jeffrey Boyd, alderman from the city’s Ward 22.
If Nixon appoints a current alderman then we’d see jockeying to fill that seat. I personally like to see the players change seats every so often, otherwise races get stagnant as voter apathy increases.
Speaking of stagnant, we shouldn’t forget the two most senior members on the Board of Aldermen:
- Fred Wessels
- Phyllis Young
Both were sworn into office in April 1985! Wessels ran for treasurer last year, Young ran for president of the board of alderman in 1995.
Assuming all are equally qualified, Nixon may consider the race of his appointee. He may not want to appoint a white person to a citywide seat held by a black person. Then again, he may not care.
Will McMillan ask Nixon to appoint Marlene Davis? Given her recent financial difficulties, the increased salary would no doubt help her personally. As of January 1, 1999, the annual salary was $64,130 (source). I’m uncertain of the current salary after annual adjustments.
The replacement is the poll question this week: Who should Gov Nixon appoint St. Louis License Collector? The poll is in the right sidebar, you’ve got the option to add a name if you like.
– Steve Patterson