CLAYTON, Mo — “The Council worked hard last year to help guide St. Louis County through the pandemic, and I am grateful for the Council’s continued faith in our leadership,” Clancy said. “This year, it will be more important that ever for us to work together, across party lines, to help St. Louis County recover from pandemic.”
The Council also elected Councilman Ernie Trakas as Vice Chair. Trakas, a Republican, shared Clancy’s hope for the new year. “Chairwoman Clancy and I don’t agree on everything, but we can agree that stable leadership of the Council is needed at this critical time,” Trakas said. “This new year should renew our hope of building a bipartisan coalition that can work with the Page administration to end the pandemic and get our economy humming again.”
“Chairwoman Clancy led the Council through some tough times and hard decisions in 2020, but more are to come in 2021,” Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway added. “We need continuity in leadership at the Council as we move into this new year, which will bring many of the same challenges that we faced last year.”
In her final meeting, outgoing Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray expressed her support for Clancy’s continued leadership. “It’s important that the Council have stable leadership in the new year. Chairwoman Clancy’s re-election will bring that much-needed stability,” Councilwoman Walton Gray said.
Clancy’s re-election won praise from community members including John Bowman, President of the St. Louis County NAACP. “The community can be proud of how its elected representatives handled this process,” Bowman said. “The council members who supported Chairwoman Clancy listened to the community and agreed that we need consistent leadership that puts the people most impacted by COVID-19 at the center.”
The County Charter requires the Council to elect a chair and vice-chair at its first meeting of the year, although a recent amendment moved the date for new council members to be sworn into office to a date after the first meeting. Under the new charter amendments recommended by the Charter Commission, Councilwoman-elect Shalonda Webb will be sworn in on January 12, replacing Councilwoman Walton Gray, but did not have the chance to vote on the new chair. The charter amendments were approved by voters in 2020 after the Charter Commission’s year-long process of studying the charter and proposing changes.