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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.”

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Local Government Week

Missouri and the City of Lake Ozark will celebrate their employees during Local Government Week May 2-8.
The week is an ideal time to thank city, county and school employees for their dedication to keeping essential services running in their communities, particularly with the challenges over the past year.
During the pandemic, local government has been at the front lines. Their guidance, quick adjustments, flexibility and creativity have kept our communities safe; clean water flowing; the lights on; meetings open via online tools; meal services and remote learning for students; and consistent customer service for citizens.
Working together, your cities, counties and schools are the backbone of your community. Now, more than ever, they are backbone for our neighborhoods.

Local Government Is…
•The first responders who willingly walk into danger to protect your community
•The paramedics whose ambulances arrive within minutes to save lives every day
•Law enforcement bringing security and safety during uncertain times
•Your school districts quickly regrouping for remote learning, while providing meals each day in creative ways
•Your municipal utilities bringing clean water to your home and facilitating sanitary sewer collection
•Local elected officials providing guidance during this unprecedented time
•Local emergency responders working to supply necessary equipment and resources
•The case workers who are tracking COVID-19 confirmed case contacts to stop the spread so we can get back to work
•Officials taking steps for resilience and recovery in your community
•Transportation adjustments to continue service in a safe and reliable manner
•The necessity of trash service right at your curb
•City employees who continue to serve under difficult situations
•Your local main street restaurants offering curbside service when dining in is not an option
•Your friends and neighbors serving on the school board setting a direction for the next school year 
Take time this week to thank your local government employees who are working tirelessly to make sure you and your family are safe, secure and moving forward.

Post on social media how local government employees have helped your community during this time.
The week is sponsored by the following local government organizations:
•Missouri Municipal League
•Missouri Association of Counties, www.mocounties.com
•Missouri School Boards’ Association, www.msbanet.org
•Missouri Association of Councils of Government, www.macogonline.org
•Municipal League of Metro St. Louis, www.stlmuni.org
•Mid-America Regional Council, www.marc.org
•Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System, www.molagers.org