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New O’Fallon Ward 3 councilmember sworn in

At its May 11 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council approved the appointment of Dale Kling to fill a vacancy created last month after Rick Battelle [Ward 3] resigned his seat. Kling was sworn into office following the council’s approval. He will serve a term expiring in April 2019.

A resident of Winghaven, Kling has lived in O’Fallon for five years and previously resided in Innsbrook, Missouri. Kling served in the U.S. Air Force and is retired from Boeing. He is president of the Winghaven Residential Owners’ Association.

He listed quality of life and economic growth as two issues important to him in council work.

“The residents of Ward 3, please know this: my responsibility is to advocate your interests. I know that I’m responsible and accountable to you,” Kling said after taking the oath of office.

Over the next 60 days, Kling said he plans to reach out and introduce himself to the residents of his ward. Kling added that he looks forward to the opportunity to work with a city council that has the best interest of O’Fallon residents as its focus.

“I’m enthused and I’m anxious to partner and join in their quest to do what’s right for the future of this great city,” he said. “We all have that as a common goal.”

Battelle announced his resignation at the council’s April 20 meeting, citing family reasons and the need to devote himself “more fully to the other parts of my life at this time.” His resignation was effective April 27.

“I’m proud of what has been accomplished during the six years of my service,” Battelle said at the April 20 meeting. “I deeply appreciate the trust placed in me.”

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