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Ward 6 council seat in Wildwood awaits third nomination

By: Jessica Meszaros

An open Ward 6 City Council seat in Wildwood will remain vacant for another candidate’s nomination.

At its July 9 meeting, the city council voted 6-6 on the appointment of resident Sal Hamdah to the vacated Ward 6 seat on the Wildwood City Council. The lack of a majority vote means that a third nominee will be sought for the position.

The seat previously was held by former councilmember Greg Alexander, who resigned following a citation of time commitment issues. Since then, the council also voted against the nomination of Dr. Rob Rambaud for the Ward 6 position.

Hamdah, who resides in the Hawk’s Rest subdivision of Wildwood, serves as a lead engineer and firefighter for the High Ridge Missouri Fire District. He was nominated for the position by Bob Reeder, president of the Hawk’s Rest subdivision.

“He thinks before he speaks, or before he does any action,” Reeder said. “It means a lot when someone thinks about what they want to propose or how they want to vote.”

Some councilmembers cited concerns that Hamdah’s job would conflict with meetings and other duties. Councilmember Cheryl Jordan [Ward 6] expressed concern as “… having seen several people not be able to stay in the position already.”

However, Hamdah said the advance scheduling of meetings would allow him to make time for council duties alongside first-responder responsibilities and another job in real estate.

“My character is, if you’re going to do something, do it right or don’t do it at all,” Hamdah said. “But, I’m not being naive. I know it’s a lot of work.”

The lack of a majority vote means that another appointment will be sought for the seat.

As of April 18, the mayor must make an appointment within 45 days, according to the city’s charter. If not, nominations of a successor may be made by any member of the city council and selected with the consent of a two-thirds majority of the council.

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