Dardenne Prairie has a new mayor who has already been on the job since Pam Fogarty, the city’s longtime mayor resigned on May 8.
Alderman David Zucker (Ward 1) was appointed mayor by the five members of the city’s Board of Aldermen.
Zucker was elected to the board in the April 2014 municipal election, and chosen as its president on May 6, 2015. As president, he served as acting mayor until the board voted to approve his appointment at a special meeting on May 20. He will serve as mayor until April 2016, when voters will choose someone to fill the rest of Fogarty’s term, which ends in April 2017. The mayor’s term is four years.
“I think I’m equipped to handle the job,” Zucker said.
At age 68, Zucker is retired and is a former U.S. Army officer, attorney and official with Express Scripts.
The city hasn’t had a full-time official running its day-to-day business since its last full-time city administrator, Frank Schoneboom, was fired last year. The mayor’s position is considered part-time, receiving $1,000 a month.
Noting the time demands of the position, Zucker said he has been at city hall every day working with city staff since becoming interim mayor.
The board also approved several resolutions at their May 20 meeting – adopting “Robert’s Rules of Order” to conduct city meetings, and naming specific city officials who are authorized to sign checks – which Zucker characterized as “housekeeping.”
Alderman Dan Koch (Ward 3), was selected to succeed Zucker as board president. The board is expected to vote at its June 17 meeting to appoint someone to replace Zucker as a Ward 1 alderman. The replacement alderman will serve until Zucker’s aldermanic term expires next April.