After serving the city of Town & Country for more than 20 years, longtime alderman Skip Mange has resigned. He was honored by Mayor Jon Dalton with a proclamation at Mange’s final board meeting on Sept. 9.
“I thank Alderman Mange for his many years of thoughtful and dedicated service to our great city. We are clearly a better place as a result of his talented contributions, and I am personally grateful for the collaborative and respectful manner in which he conducted himself in office and served his constituents,” Dalton said.
Mange’s seat in Ward 1 was up for reelection next April.
A Town & Country resident for 40 years, Mange’s official service in the municipal sector began in 1996 when he began serving on the Public Works and Stormwater Commission and the Planning Commission.
In 1999, he was elected mayor and served two terms.
One of his proudest achievements as mayor, he said, was the development of the city’s parks and trails system, which included the addition of Longview Farm Park and Drace Park. The latest park project was the creation of the city’s new Town Square, for which Mange served as task force chair. It’s another project of which he is proud.
“Town Square is a wonderful addition to the city. The city has thought about developing a Farmers Market, holding concerts and having food truck events. This new space will help accomplish that,” he said.
Before Mange was elected alderman, he served as a St. Louis County Council member and served on the St. Louis Municipal League board. He also worked diligently on a number of county-wide tax issues.
While his service across St. Louis County was extensive, he returned to Town & Country to begin his four terms as an alderman in 2012.
As an alderman, Mange was elected president of the board and has chaired the public works, conservation and public art commissions.
Though he said working in municipal government runs in his blood, he felt, with the completion of Town Square, that it was a good time to resign and move into the next chapter in his life. The main focus of that chapter is his family.
Mange and his wife, Nancy, have four children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren spread across the U.S. Without the obligation of public office, he hopes he and Nancy can spend their time traveling to see their children and grandchildren as much as possible.
But even as he says that he admits he still will be busy in Town & Country. He spearheaded a city history book project that is its final stages of proofreading before going to print. It’s a passion for Mange to record the city’s rich history.
Another pet project is the Frank Lloyd Wright “Pappas House,” located in Town & Country. The private home is for sale by Wright’s three daughters. Mange helped create the Frank Lloyd Wright Pappas Foundation, a 501[c] nonprofit with a goal of raising up to $2 million to allow the purchase and renovation of the property. His desire is to turn the home into a museum and historical building.
Of his time in Town & Country, Mange said, “I have respect for people who run for office. It takes a special person to serve the community, which takes a lot of dedication and time. We’ve always had an outstanding staff to work with.”