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Missouri officials address leadership issues for local government.

Municipal leaders from cities and towns throughout Missouri adopted new policy, elected new leaders and cheered as Mark McGwire slugged his 63rd home run during their 64th annual conference in St. Louis.

Councilmember Judy Swope of Kansas City succeeded Mayor Harry Wilson of Grandview as president of the Missouri Municipal League (MML) for the coming year, and Mayor Joe Adams of University City, a member of the NLC Advisory Council, was elected vice president. St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon welcomed the 1,100 delegates attending the meeting at its opening session, which focused on a theme of "Leadership, Rethinking the Future."

Wilson, in his president's address, thanked and commended his colleagues for an outstanding year of participation and success with key legislative and regulatory issues affecting local government in Missouri. The league was successful in dealing with restrictive legislation affecting municipal authority over rights-of-way, in adopting a pro-active "go slow" approach to utility deregulation, in developing a tax refund process with the state Department of Revenue.

"I have seen just how much can be accomplished by working together," Wilson said, and he noted that membership growth has been an important factor contributing to that success. League membership in Missouri has grown from 509 members to an all-time high of 605 over the past 10 years, he proudly announced.

The league presented a special Distinguished Service Award to Mayor Jim Eagan of Florissant, who has led his city with skill, imagination and an unquenchable exuberance since 1963, while also serving on the MML Board of Directors since 1966 and as league president in 1969.

Two veteran leaders of the Missouri Legislature, Sen. Franc Flotron (R) and Sen. Wayne Goode (D), both of St. Louis County, were also honored with the league's first-ever Legislative Awards for their many years of responsiveness to and support for concerns of the state league and local governments throughout Missouri.

Enthusiasm for this year's upcoming NLC Congress of Cities in Kansas City also was evident throughout the meeting. Preparations for local events in Kansas City were a lively topic of conversation, and Swope issued her first proclamation as league president by issuing a blanket invitation for leaders of the "Show Me" state to find out for themselves just how much will be happening in Kansas City in December.
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Title Annotation:Missouri Municipal League selection of new leaders and policies at 64th annual conference
Author:Arndt, Randy
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 28, 1998
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