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April 12, 2017 CT
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

CAPTION: Members of the 105th Chillicothe City Council, the mayor, clerk, auditor and constable took the oath of office to begin new terms on Wednesday. The swearing-in ceremony took place in the council chambers of Chillicothe City Hall. Individuals appointed to city positions were also commissioned to their positions. Front row, from left: 4th Ward Councilman Paul Howard, 3rd Ward Councilman Tom Douglas, 2nd Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham, 1st Ward Councilman Denny Albertson, Councilman-at-Large Reed Dupy, Mayor Chuck Haney. Back, from left: Robert Cowherd (contracted city attorney), Auditor Theresa Kelly, Constable and Police Chief Rick Knouse, Airport Manager Bill Kieffer, Parks and Recreation Director Josh Norris, Fire Chief Darrell Wright, Street Superintendent Barry Arthur, Adam Warren (contracted city prosecutor), City Clerk Roze Frampton.

Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney takes the oath of
office as administered by City Clerk Roze Frampton.
Haney is beginning his sixth term as mayor.
Denny Albertson, newly-elected 1st Ward city councilman,
takes the oath of office as administered by City Clerk
Roze Frampton. Albertson was uncontested in the 
city election, filling the position most recently occupied
by Reed Dupy, who now serves as councilman-at-large.

C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Elected Officials Take the Oath of Office, Bid Farewell to Administrator Holland
C-T, By Catherine Stortz Ripley, 04/13/17

Members of the 105th Chillicothe City Council, the mayor, clerk, auditor and constable took the oath of office to begin new terms on Wednesday. The swearing-in ceremony took place in the council chambers of Chillicothe City Hall. Individuals appointed to city positions were also commissioned to their positions. The 104th council had its final meeting at noon, with Mayor Chuck Haney presiding, and adjourned sine die. Recognition was given to outgoing Councilman-at-Large David Moore, who chose not to seek a fourth consecutive term; and to City Administrator Ike Holland, who announced his resignation in February.

The new council and elected officials - who all ran uncontested in this year's election - were sworn into office. Livingston County Circuit Clerk Brenda Wright administered the oath of office to City Clerk Rozanne Frampton who, in turn, administered the oath of office to the remaining elected officials. Frampton is starting her 10th consecutive term as clerk. Frampton then administered the oath of office to Mayor Haney, and then to Theresa Kelly, who is starting her 12th consecutive term as city auditor. The clerk then administered the oath of office to Rick Knouse, who is beginning his ninth term as constable. Amid some laughter, Mayor Haney later presented Knouse with $1, the annual salary that is set by city ordinance for the office of city constable. The clerk then administered the oath of office to Denny Albertson, who was elected 1st Ward councilman earlier this month. The position was most recently occupied by Reed Dupy, who chose not to seek a fourth term as ward councilman and was elected to the councilman- at-large position. The clerk then administered the oath of office to the remaining council members: Reed Dupy, who was elected councilman-at-large. Wayne Cunningham, who is beginning his fourth consecutive term as 2nd Ward Councilman; Tom Douglas, who is beginning his 10th term as 3rd Ward Councilman. Douglas was first elected in 1997 and has served all but two years (2007-2009) since then; Paul Howard, who is beginning his consecutive fifth term as 4thWard councilman. The mayor then commissioned individuals to various positions: Police Chief Rick Knouse, Airport Manager Bill Kieffer, Parks and Recreation Director Josh Norris, Fire Chief Darrell Wright, and Street Superintendent Barry Arthur.


Chillicothe City Clerk Roze Frampton (left), administers the oath of office to council members, from left: Paul Howard,
Tom Douglas, Wayne Cunningham and Reed Dupy. Councilman Denny Albertson, who is new to the council, was sworn in separately.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The mayor and members of the council expressed words of appreciation to Administrator Holland, who will leave Chillicothe next week to become city administrator in Willmar, Minnesota. Holland and his family moved to Chillicothe in 2011. "His innovation and leadership has been very vital to the city of Chillicothe," Haney said of Holland. "When it came time to work together, this administrator, your mayor and your city council all worked together as a team and that is what makes Chillicothe a great city." Haney noted development of the water park, fire station, the fire training center, police station, and hospital as a few of the big projects that have taken place during the last several years. "I think that more was probably accomplished in the last five-and-a-half years in Chillicothe than has ever been accomplished in its history," Haney stated. "When you think of the costs of all those facilities and what was done and the honors, and awards and recognition, you'll see, we're a pretty good city. We are the envy of a lot of people and I'm glad to have been a part of it."

Holland also noted the city's developments but said that he could not take credit for them. "Those are things that were going to happen here in Chillicothe whether I was here or not," Holland said. "I was just proud to be a part of these projects the last several years. A lot of the events that have happened, I have been privileged to be a part of that." The administrator also expressed appreciation for living in Chillicothe, where three of his children graduated from high school. "It has been special for my wife and I to watch them in all the events," Holland stated. "I don't think they would have been able to participate in the last city that we were in because it was a lot larger." "Chillicothe will have some special memories," Holland added. Holland's last day on the job in Chillicothe is Friday, April 21.

The mayor presented a plaque to outgoing councilman David Moore, thanking him for his service and commitment to the community and local government. "Sometimes, this can be a difficult job," Moore stated. "The employees and department heads have made it an easier job for us. We have excellent employees and department heads." "I have been privileged to serve the city," Moore continued, noting the leadership of the mayor and administrator. "We did have a lot of projects. Those projects ran so much smoother because of Ike's administration." In addressing the council, Moore offered a parting thought. "It's important to take care of the day-to-day operations of the city, but it is also equally important that we look to the future," he said.

Candidates Uncontested in City Election
C-T 04/06/17

Candidates for Chillicothe city offices were unopposed in the Tuesday, April 4, election. All city offices are two-year terms. A swearing-in ceremony will take place at noon Wednesday, April 12. Vote results are as follows: MAYOR: Chuck Haney received 717 votes, and there were 29 write-in votes; CITY ATTORNEY: There were no declared candidates for city attorney; however, there were 42 write-in votes; Adam Warren, who is contracted with the city to handle prosecutorial services, received the most write-in votes (20), followed by Robert Cowherd and R. Cowherd, who received six write-in votes. Several individuals received one write-in vote, including CITY TREASURER: There were no declared candidates for city treasurer; however, there were 33 individuals receiving one write-in vote each. CLERK: Rozanne "Roze" Frampton received 785 votes, and there were three write-in votes; CONSTABLE: Richard Knouse received 743 votes, and there were eight write-in votes; COUNCILMAN-AT-LARGE: Reed Dupy received 746 votes, and there were eight write-in votes; CITY AUDITOR: Theresa Kelly received 774 votes. There were three write-in votes; WARD 1: Denny Albertson received 328 votes, and there were three write-in votes; WARD 2: Wayne Cunningham received 158 votes, and there were two write-in votes; WARD 3: Tom Douglas received 90 votes, and there were two write-in votes; WARD 4: Paul Howard received 167 votes, and there was one write-in vote. Write-in candidate information was provided only for those offices for which there were no declared candidates.

Brodmerkle, Doughty, Hughes Win Spots on Health Center Board - A four-way race for three spots on the Livingston county Health Center Board of Directors saw voters elect Marilyn Brodmerkle, Doug Doughty and Darlene Hughes. Brodmerkle received 1,217 votes; Doughty, 1,139 votes; Hughes, 1,110 votes; and Jaime Pittman, 682 votes.

Voters of the Chillicothe R-2 School District re-elected incumbents Jason Bone and Pat Jones and elected Lauren (Brodmerkle) Horsman Tuesday in a four-way race for three spots on the Board of Education. Unofficial results from the Livingston County clerk's office Tuesday night showed Jones receiving 994 votes, Bone 985 votes, and Horsman 977 votes. Patrick G. Groom received 653 votes.

Candidate Filing Period Opens
December 13, 2016

Candidate filing for city offices opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Among the first to file were candidates Reed Dupy (for councilman-at-large), Wayne Cunningham (2ndWard councilman), Tom Douglas (3rdWard councilman), Paul Howard (4thWard councilman), Theresa Kelly (auditor), and Rozanne (Roze) Frampton (city clerk). David Moore, who currently serves as councilman-at-large, said he was not planning to seek re-election.


From left: Paul Howard (4th Ward councilman), Wayne Cunningham (2nd Ward councilman),
Reed Dupy (councilman-at-large), Theresa Kelly (auditor), Roze Framptom (foreground - City Clerk).
CT Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

No one had filed for the 1st Ward council seat as of the publishing deadline Monday afternoon. This position had been filled by Dupy for the last six years. Denny Albertson, 2115 Meadowlane Drive, filed his candidacy for Chillicothe 1st Ward councilman a few days later. Also, as of the publishing deadline, no one had filed for the office of mayor, a position held by Chuck Haney since 2007, nor the office of constable, a position currently held by Rick Knouse.

Cunningham has served as 2nd Ward councilman since 2011 and is seeking his fourth term. Douglas, who has served for a combined nine terms, is seeking his overall 10th term and fifth consecutive term as 3rd Ward councilman. Howard is seeking his fifth term as 4th Ward councilman. Frampton is seeking her 10th term as city clerk. Kelly is seeking her 12th term as city auditor.

Darlene Hughes filed Tuesday morning for the position of Livingston County Health Center Trustee. There are three positions open.

Richard Knouse (62), 1208 Locust Street, Chillicothe, MO, filed for City Constable December 22, 2016.

Marilyn Brodmerkle, of Chillicothe, filed her candidacy for the office of Livingston County Health Center trustee Friday afternoon, January 6, 2017.

Jaime Pittman, 1804 Borden, filed her candidacy for the position of Livingston County Health Center trustee to be voted for at the municipal election April 4.

Ronald D. Beetsma, 17378 Highway C, Mooresville, filed his candidacy for the position of Livingston County Ambulance District director, District 6, to be voted for at the municipal election April 4.

Lauren Horsman, 2114 Country Club Drive, Chillicothe, filed her candidacy for the position of Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education. She filed at 9:41 a.m., Thursday, January 12.

The filing period remains open through January 17. The election is April 4, 2017.

Filing Period Closes for April Election - The candidate filing period closed Tuesday for the April 4 election. No contests had emerged for the city of Chillicothe; however, the Chillicothe R2 Board of Education has four candidates for three open seats. School board candidates are Jason Bone, Pat Jones, Patrick Groom and Lauren Horsman. The terms of Bone, who is the current board president and who has served on the board for the last six years, and Jones, who is completing his first term on the board and currently serves as the board's treasurer, are expiring. The term of Michael Leamer is also expiring; however, Leamer did not file for re-election.

The candidate roster for the city of Chillicothe as of closing time Tuesday consists of: Chuck Haney (mayor), Rozanne (Roze) Frampton (city clerk), Theresa Kelly (city auditor), Reed Dupy (councilman-at-large), Denny Albertson (1st Ward councilman), Wayne Cunningham (2nd Ward councilman), Tom Douglas (3rd Ward councilman), Paul Howard (4th Ward councilman), Richard Knouse (city constable). No one has filed for the positions of city treasurer or city attorney.

Filing was also open for two county boards: the Livingston County Health Center Board and the Livingston County Ambulance District. Candidates for the Ambulance District are: Bill Hayen (District 1), Darrel Rinehart (District 2), filling an unexpired term with one year remaining, Ken Lauhoff (District 4), and Ronald Beetsma, District 6. The District 6 position was most recently held by Alvin Thompson, who was elected county commissioner in November. There are two years remaining of his 3-year term.

Four individuals filed their candidacies for one of three open seats on the Health Center Board. They are Darlene Hughes, Doug Doughty, Marilyn Brodmerkle and Jaime Pittman.

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