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Notice Regarding Recent Resignations: At the end of an executive session held at the October 25, 2022 City of Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen meeting, it was announced that letters of resignation had been accepted from both Municipal Judge Richelle Christensen and City Administrator David Mitchem.   Christensen’s resignation, effective December 31, was given in anticipation of her uncontested election to serve as the Camden County Prosecutor.  The letter was given in advance of this date so that a suitable replacement as municipal judge could be nominated and have ample time to prepare for the job.  It is anticipated that a nominee will be provided at the November 8 Board of Aldermen meeting, with work to begin for the new judge on January 1, 2023.   Administrator Mitchem had presented the Board of Aldermen with his letter of resignation, effective November 14, on October 12, with the Board formalizing the action at this meeting.  His notice references several successful projects from his year in the office, including identification of new revenue streams for the city, making amendments to building height restrictions to allow for development at an increased scale, and performing an assessment of employee recruitment and retention strategies.  He also cited his appreciation for the Board’s commitment to making the city more attractive for outside investment, while praising the professional staff’s skills and desire to be good public servants.  A successor to the position is expected to be named prior to Mitchem’s final day.   Of both Christensen and Mitchem’s announcements, Mayor Dennis Newberry stated “their time with the city, while different in length and workload, have transformed the way we deliver justice and do our key functions as a government.  Our board has appreciated working with both of them, and wishes them both the best in their next chapters while we welcome new team members to those roles.”


More events mark start of event season in Lake Ozark

It’s apparent in Lake Ozark that the season of events is well underway.

With two major events already in the books – St. Patrick’s Parade and Bridge & Dam Marathon – three more are on the docket in the next month.

The board of aldermen approved Special Event Permits for Hot Summer Nights, Bike Night and the Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals during its regular board meeting Tuesday, April 13. 

The first of several Hot Summer Nights events begins this Saturday, April 17, with the first-ever Spring Fling Exotic Car Cruise-In from 11 a.m.4 p.m. on The Strip. All classic cars, trucks and bikes are welcome.

Hot Summer Nights has historically been held on the second Saturday of each month from May through September. However, daytime events have been scheduled for April 17 and Oct. 16 in addition to the evening events May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10.

Please observe social distancing protocols. There are also hand sanitizer stations located along the street.

The annual Hot Summer Nights Cruise events are sponsored by the Bagnell Dam Strip Association, Inc. (BDSA) which is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization under the guidance of the Hot Summer Nights Committee



•A permit was approved for Benne Media’s Lake of the Ozarks Bike Night which will be held the third Thursday of each month April through September on The Strip. Motorcycle enthusiasts will set up from about Tucker’s Shuckers to Lucky’s. The public is welcome to check out the motorcycles. For more information, click on

•A permit was also approved for the 33rd annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Car Show from April 30-May 2, again on The Strip. Several hundred vehicles from antique, to vintage, to classic to contemporary will line up for visitors and residents to admire. For more information, click on


Other business

•Dennis Newberry was sworn in as new mayor, and Dale Hicks in Ward 2 and Matt Wright in Ward 3 as new aldermen. Judy Neels was re-elected as alderman of Ward 1.

•Ward 1 Alderman Pat Thompson was elected mayor pro-tem.