Violet Picked By Mayor to Take Ward 3 Alderman Seat After Elliott Resignation

St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano has called a special meeting at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, to appoint Terri Violet to the Board of Aldermen.

St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano is making sure Ward 3 residents won't be without a second alderman too much longer.

Following the resignation of Gus Elliott  announced at the Sept. 13 meeting, Pagano has selected Terri Violet, a two-time candidate for the seat, to take Elliott's spot until the April 2013 election. The appointment is pending approval by the other members of the board.

A special meeting has been called  for 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, with the sole agenda item being the selection of Elliott's replacement. In the meeting notice, posted on the city of St. Peters' website, a note from Mayor Pagano indicates he has selected and appointed Violet to fill the vacant seat. 

By calling the special meeting and appointment the replacement, the city would be able to have a full stable of aldermen before Thursday’s regularly scheduled work session and meeting. A majority of the seven remaining aldermen will have to approve the appointment for Violet to fill Elliott’s seat.

If approved, Violet wouldn’t be filling out Elliott’s term—he resigned 16 months into a 4-year term. Instead she would serve until the municipal election next April. 

Jim Frain September 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
A correct decision for Terri Violet by Mayor Len Pagano. There will now be a full slate of aldermen to serve the residents of St. Peters. Mayor Pagano's decision seems to be based on the consistent efforts by Terri Violet to support her city. She will hit the ground running until the April election where the residents can vote in the Ward 3 election.
Fred Oompahloompah September 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM
However, her husband, Jeff, appesrs to being the puppet master! fighting the battle over this issue for her! A weak wonan who lets her hubby call the shots1
The Truth September 25, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Dear Mr.Oompahlopah, This is not Sesame Street nor dose anyone want to hear your immature acrimony.
Fred Oompahloompah September 25, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Do not attempt to hear them! It would be better to read them! Am I wrong in questioning why Terri does not stand up for herself on these issues?
Carole Paul September 25, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Please don't feed the Troll. Seating Terri Violet on the Board of Alderman is the obvious choice. We need to move on from the Gus Elliot days.
The Truth September 25, 2012 at 07:55 PM
As in "Issues" do you mean the negative and unpleasant comments that individuals like your self have made? In what way has "She" not them, been unethical? As a good husband Jeff was clearly sticking up for his wife that was being treated with wide-ranging amounts of intolerable disrespect and clearly stating that his wife is a loyal and trust worthy person. In conclusion, to disagree or to agree is entirely up to the people of St.Peters, But if disagree then make a reasonable solution instead of resentful commentary.
Jim Frain September 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I am very comfortable with the fact that the voters will definitely have a say on this matter. The Mayor has the power and the authority by law to make the appointment of Terri Violet....The remaining 7 Aldermen will vote upon his appointment...If Terri wins the majority of votes from the Aldermen she will make a full voting slate of 8 Aldermen until the April election. If she does not receive the majority of Aldermen votes she will not be selected to be an alderman and the Aldermen will be short on person making it difficult to always achieve a quorum... Should Terri Violet be selected, in April the voters in Ward 3 will make their decision as to whether it should be Terri Violet or another resident or residents who choose to run against her. The Voters selected Mayor Pagano and All Seven remaining Aldermen....They vote on Terri's appointment now. Then all of the voters in Ward 3 who register and vote will make the April decision. This sounds like a perfect plan to me. I am very comfortable with the fact that Terri has earned this appointment by her dedication to the City of St. Peters.....She will be a fine alderman.
will September 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM
As a resident of ward 3, I don't feel compelled to put a lot of stock into your opinion Jim. It might make a difference were it not for the fact that you are a resident of O'Fallon. The residents of St. Peters ward 3 have chosen twice NOT to put Terri violet into office. As with most other issues, the mayor and board have little concern for the opinions of the residents and continue to push their own agendas. In my opinion and that of many residents, Terri will simply be another yes-man on a board full of yes-men.
Fred Oompahloompah September 26, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Well said Will! There is a reason a person does not get elected in two consecutive elections for the same office and is beaten each time by a DIFFERENT opponent! She obviously is not the choice of the residence in the 3rd ward! Give it up and beware of "allowing the camel to get its nose in the tent" Remember Michelle Steins!
Fred Oompahloompah September 26, 2012 at 05:30 AM
That would be a typical response from an anti Elliott/pro Violet posser! The majority who rejected Violet and who have expressed our conserns are called names! I guess you would write that the majority of us are trolls, Paul? Then feed us Paul feed us!
will September 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Does anyone remember how Pagano handled the last vacancy in ward 3? Allow me to refresh your memory. Per Pagano's specifications, all potential appointees were required to go to city hall and fill out an application, they were required to submit at least 150 unique signatures from ward 3 residents in support of their appointment. Finally they were subjected to a series of "interviews" with the mayor and remaining board members in executive session. The entire process took more than 4 weeks and allowed plenty of time for citizen input. In the end, 4 or 5 "candidates" jumped through all the hoops but no appointment was made and the office was left vacant until the next election. I guess Pagano didn't have a hand-picked puppet to fill the vacancy at that time. Was any consideration even given to any other residents or was this all planned and perhaps the impetus for the special prosecutor in the 1st place? Anybody who doesn't think this has the stench of political favoritism is deluding themselves. ST. PETERS POLITICS AS USUAL.
Annette Potts September 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I beg to differ with you Will, if you look at the vote totals, if there wasn't a 3rd person running in the last election Terri Violet most certainly would have beaten out the schister Roberts. Get your facts straight.
will September 26, 2012 at 02:01 PM
...and if Terri Violet had not been running, it's also quite possible that Mr. Biermann would have defeated Roberts. Since Biermann was the 1st to file and Roberts was the incumbent, it could be said that Violet was the 3rd candidate that "spoiled" Biermann's chances. Either way, Violet was TWICE rejected by voters; no other candidate has that unique distinction. I for one didn't always agree with him, but for whatever Gus was or wasn't, he WAS a somewhat independent voice on the board and that was unacceptable to Pagano. There has been a long-standing animosity against him since he was elected. Unfortunately, many of the truly independent voices in ward 3 are so sickened by this type of politics that they refuse to seek office. I stand by my position that Terri Violet will prove to be just another "yes-man" on the board. I DO, however, agree with your portrayal of Roberts although I would have preferred a much stronger descriptor of his character.
Fred Oompahloompah September 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Omce again Will you hit the nail on the head! We can only hope that the residence of the 3rd ward remember this at the next election and once again reject this woman if she trys to run again and when Pagano runs again if he is up for it ( he often looks very ill at the meetings) there will be another candidate to give us a better choice for Mayor!
Riding Spots September 26, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Was Elliott convicted of a felony before or after he was elected?
will September 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Elliot was NOT convicted of a felony; Roberts WAS.
Fred Oompahloompah September 26, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I am not aware of any felony! Please enlighten us with the facts!
Riding Spots September 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I heard a story about a felony associated with an alderman. I suppose it was a candidate for alderman? What reason did Elliott resign so early in the term?
will September 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
search mo case.net for thomas m roberts and/or case #11R019601589-01
Riding Spots September 26, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I will check it out. Thank you. Do you know why Elliott resigned?
Joe Barker September 26, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Elliott's resignation was likely the result of a harassment investigation. http://stpeters.patch.com/articles/st-peters-alderman-gus-elliott-resigns-months-after-investigation-489911c3
will September 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I can only offer conjecture but I would guess it had to do with the continuing animosity and repeated attempts by the mayor to have him removed from office and replaced with pagano's choice of a "better" alderman. I suspect he (elliott) tired of all the "back-biting", favoritism, and petty politics for which St. Peters has become so well known. Incidentally, according to campaign literature distributed by the respective candidates, Pagano endorsed Violet over Elliott in the 2011 election and endorsed Roberts over both Biermann and Violet in 2012. Feel free to intepret this any way you like, along with how you believe it plays into the current mess. THE SAGA CONTINUES AND THE RESIDENTS PAY THE COSTS.
Fred Oompahloompah September 26, 2012 at 09:32 PM
It appears that Roberts" sentence was suspended on the { Felony D RSMo: 577.010 } charge and from what I see he did no jail time and it was related to DWI violations not anything to do with government wrong doing or election tampering!


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