May 22, 2012
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Salem mayor elected chairman of MRPC
ST. JAMES – Gary Brown, mayor of Salem, was elected chairman of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during the group’s May 10 meeting in St. James.
Brown succeeds Russell Scheulen, who had served the maximum two-year term as chairman. Brown had served two years as vice chairman.
Other officers elected during the meeting are:
- Vice Chairman T.R. Dudley, mayor of Potosi. Dudley had previously served as secretary;
- Secretary Mary Heywood, at-large board member, representing unemployed. Heywood had previously served as treasurer; and
- Treasurer Ray Schwartze, presiding commissioner of Maries County;
The board also approved at-large board members for three-year terms. They are:
- Russell Scheulen, at-large board member representing farming; replacing Leo Dickey who retired from the board after 14 years;
- Jan Haviland, at-large board member representing industry, re-appointed for a full term;
- Travis Schwarz, at-large board member representing small business; replacing Laura Antolak who retired from the board after 12 years;
- John Casey, at-large board member representing transportation; replacing Donald Dodd who retired after serving five years on the board; and
- Marcus Maggard, at-large representative on the executive board, who was re-appointed for another term.
The MRPC board also approved Brown to serve as an MRPC representative for the Meramec Regional Community Foundation board. He replaced Antolak on that board.
Terms for the newly elected MRPC officers will begin in June.
Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 29, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.
The MRPC board will meet at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at its office at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. All meetings are open to the public.
MRPC Vice Chairman Gary Brown, left, honored Russell Scheulen on behalf of the MRPC board for serving as MRPC chairman for the last two years. Brown will replace Scheulen as chair at the June commission meeting.