Fred DeMoro, a planning commission member, was chosen to fill the vacant District 4 Lee’s Summit City Council seat.
The seat was open after voters recalled Chris Moreno in April.
At its May 11 meeting, the council interviewed 10 candidates who’d applied for the job. The pool of candidates included lawyers, business owners and community volunteers.
“District 4 wins; this is a great field of candidates, regardless who is chosen,” Binney said before the vote.
Council members ultimately nominated three for a vote: Dana Arth, a certified public accountant and business owner, Fred DeMoro, a member of the Planning Commission, and Gladys Bratton, who had been chairwoman of the 2016 Charter Review Commission.
DeMoro recieved four votes from council members Phyllis Edson, Dave Mosby, Diane Seif and Craig Faith. Rob Binny voted for Arth, and Trish Carlyle and Diane Forte voted for Bratton.
DeMoro will serve until the next municipal election in April 2018 and is eligible to run for the seat to finish the term.
The new council member has lived in Lee’s Summit for 31 years, and has been on the Lee’s Summit Planning Commission since 2011. He also served as its liaison to the Economic and Community Development Committee since 2013. He was on the 2015 Downtown Master Plan Task Force and on the District 4 advisory committee.
He said he was humbled and wanted to hit the ground running.
DeMoro said that serving on the Planning Commission has helped him be informed on city issues, particularly developments and infrastructure.
He said the commission looks at proposals thoroughly and sometimes makes recommendations for adjustments to developers.
DeMoro said one of his priorities serving on the council will be public safety, making sure fire and police have the support and equipment they need.
“I don’t want to fall behind other (area) departments and have to play catch up,” he said.
He said he also hopes with his appointment some of the discord on the council begins to subside.
“It’s truly on the mind of people in Lee’s Summit. It comes up in conversations while shopping or in restaurants,” DeMoro said. “We need to let things lie like they are and hope nothing else happens. We need to heal.”