Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul announced via Facebook on the evening of Nov. 20 that he will officially submit his letter of resignation in January 2018, to pursue professional opportunities with a career in Las Vegas.
“I would have been termed limited the first week of April 2018 and couldn’t serve again,” Paul said in his official release on Facebook. “Subsequently, I will miss the last [four] council meetings left in my term as Mayor. For that, I sincerely apologize.
“Our family will deeply miss this community and the St. Louis region,” Paul added.
Paul is a native of Springfield, Illinois. He lived in Chicago before moving to Ellisville in 2009. Paul’s opposition to tax increment financing [TIF] was a determining factor that motivated him to run for mayor, with his opposition serving as part of his campaign platform. Paul won the four-way race with about 44 percent of the vote and a $500 campaign budget.
In his new position, Paul will be working for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, an American gaming corporation that globally owns about four dozen hotels and casinos, and seven golf courses. Paul said he was contacted by an executive search firm in California suited to his professional skill set and experience in global procurement. The interview process took place over the course of three months and he officially received an offer on Nov. 17.
“If you would have asked me this three months ago, I would have thought you were crazy,” Paul said. “But it was an offer I couldn’t refuse, and it was the best decision for my family to take it. That’s what I did.”
Paul’s last meeting as Mayor will be on Jan. 3, 2018.
“My fight against tax incentives, red-light cameras, creating new developments without using TIFS, and protecting residents, circumventing the use of eminent domain I think are going to be the biggest goals that I’ve accomplished as a leader in West County,” Paul said. “I hold those close to my heart, no doubt about it.”
Until his departure, Paul will continue to actively work on several projects as mayor; the biggest being the empty dealership lot in the city along Manchester Road. According to Paul, a luxury independent living facility is in the process of locking up the property and is subject to City Council approval.
“I don’t believe I’ll get to see it built because I’ll be out before that happens, but just to get something approved in those empty dealership lots without the use of tax incentives is my biggest and final goal,” Paul said.
An election will be held on April 3, 2018, to elect a mayor at-large and one councilmember from District 1 to fill an unexpired term. Councilmember Dan Duffy [District 3] will take over as mayor pro-tem in Paul’s absence.
“My family and I would like to wish Mayor Adam Paul and his family the best of luck on his future ventures,” Duffy said.
Ellisville residents interested in running for either position for the upcoming election can visit the city’s website, ellisville.mo.us, for more information.
“I’m sure there will be multiple candidates for mayor in April,” Duffy said. “We won’t really know until the filing ends in January.”