Thornton Sworn In as Brentwood’s Mayor

Pat Kelly (right), Brentwood's mayor since 2001, passes the torch to Chris Thornton at Brentwood City Hall on Tuesday evening. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Pat Kelly (right), Brentwood’s mayor since 2001, administers the oath of office to newly elected Chris Thornton at City Hall on Tuesday evening. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Dignam, Lochmoeller, Slusser, Plufka also take oaths

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Brentwood’s newly elected mayor, municipal judge and three aldermen were sworn in last night in a special meeting of the board of aldermen before a near-capacity crowd at City Hall.

In his last act as mayor, a position he has held for 14 years, Pat Kelly swore in Chris Thornton, who was elected on April 7. Thornton then swore in the four others who were elected: Municipal Judge Patrick Dignam and aldermen David Plufka from Ward 1, Keith Slusser from Ward 2, Steve Lochmoeller from Ward 3 and Thomas Kramer, who was re-elected to represent Ward 4.

The new mayor and recently elected aldermen are (from left) dkj.
New mayor Chris Thornton (center) and recently elected aldermen (from left) Thomas Kramer, Steve Lochmoeller, Keith Slusser and David Plufka.

Thornton’s oath was as follows: “I, Christopher Thornton, do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution and the laws of the state of Missouri and the ordinances of the city of Brentwood, and that I will faithfully demean myself in the office of mayor, for which I was elected on April 7, 2015.”

The meeting opened with City Administrator Bola Akande reading the vote counts from the April 7 election, which had been certified by the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners. The board of aldermen then voted unanimously to accept the results, which were as follows:

Mayor
Chris Thornton, 747 votes
Mark Wilson, 631
Patrick Toohey, 219

After administering the oath of office to Chris Thornton, former mayor Pat Kelly says "Congratulations" and the two shake hands and embrace.
After administering the oath of office to Chris Thornton, former mayor Pat Kelly says “Congratulations” and the two shake hands and embrace.

Municipal Judge
Patrick Dignam, 1,341 votes
Write-in, 31

Muncipal Judge Patrick Dignam takes the oath administered by Mayor Chris Thornton.
Muncipal Judge Patrick Dignam takes the oath administered by Mayor Chris Thornton. He succeeded Ronald Hill, who has held the post for 37 years.

Ward 1 Alderman
David Plufka, 390 votes
Hart Nelson, 264

Ward 1 Alderman David Plufka.
New Ward 1 Alderman David Plufka.

Ward 2 Alderman
Keith Slusser, 264 votes
Write-in, four

New Ward 2 Alderman Keith Slusser.
New Ward 2 Alderman Keith Slusser.

Ward 3 Alderman
Steve Lochmoeller, 272 votes
Andrew Hartnett, 149
Write-in, one

New Ward 3 Alderman Steve Lochmoeller.
New Ward 3 Alderman Steve Lochmoeller.

Ward 4 Alderman
Thomas Kramer, 175 votes

Returning Ward 4 Alderman Thomas Kramer.
Returning Ward 4 Alderman Thomas Kramer.

Newcomers Plufka, Slusser and Lochmoeller join a board that also includes Kramer, Toohey, Cindy Manestar, Andy Leahy and Maureen Saunders. No longer on the board are Anthony Harper, Lee Wynn and Keith Robertson, whose terms expired this month.

After administering the oaths, Thornton stepped behind the long desk where the aldermen sit and commented, getting a laugh from the crowd, “I guess there’s a chair up here for me somewhere.”

Chris Thornton takes the mayor's seat and adjusts the microphone before adjourning the meeting.
Chris Thornton takes the mayor’s seat and adjusts the microphone before adjourning the meeting.
Chris Thornton shows off his new name plate.
Chris Thornton shows off his new name plate.

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