California elected officials sworn at special meeting

Officers of the City of California elected on April 5 are sworn in at a special City Council meeting Monday, April 11. From left are: City Collector Leslie Gerhart, Ward III Alderwoman Carol Rackers, Mayor Norris Gerhart, Ward I Alderman Tony Wineland and Ward II Alderman Cameron Freiner.

Officers of the City of California elected on April 5 are sworn in at a special City Council meeting Monday, April 11. From left are: City Collector Leslie Gerhart, Ward III Alderwoman Carol Rackers, Mayor Norris Gerhart, Ward I Alderman Tony Wineland and Ward II Alderman Cameron Freiner. Photo by David Wilson.

The officials of the City of California elected as a result of the April 5 municipal election were sworn in at a special meeting of the California City Council on Monday, April 11.

The Council first reviewed and accepted the certified results of the election, then those elected were sworn in by City Clerk Brian Scrivner.

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Two-term Ward III Alderman Patrick Baker is recognized for his six years of service on the City of California Board of Aldermen. He chose not to run for another term.

Former Ward III Alderwoman Carol Rackers, returning to the Board of Aldermen, joins incumbent Aldermen Tony Wineland, Ward I, and Cameron Freiner, Ward II to make up the 2011 City Council, presided over by incumbent Mayor Norris Gerhart.

Patrick Baker, who served two terms as Ward III Alderman, was presented a framed certificate of recognition for the six years he served on the California Board of Aldermen. Baker declined to run this year and is replaced by Rackers who was unopposed in the election.

Although Leslie Gerhart tied with Michelle Maurer in the write-in vote for City Collector, Maurer sent a letter declining the position and Gerhart was sworn in to the position.

The duties of the City Collector no longer exist, since the work has been delegated to the Moniteau County Collector. According to Mayor Norris Gerhart, the position of City Collector must still be filled as long as it still exists.

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