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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.”


Lake Ozark to host two Shootout events

Two more major events on The Strip in Lake Ozark have been approved by the board of aldermen.

The back-to-back events dovetail with the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout later next month, but organizers wanted to get a jump start so Lake Ozark residents, area residents and visitors have plenty of time to mark their calendars.

The popular Shootout Meet and Greet will be held Wednesday, Aug. 25.

A new event to The Strip and to the Shootout is a Car, Truck and Bike Show and Dyno Challenge Aug. 26.


Meet and Greet

The Meet and Greet has become an annual event for Lake Ozark and The Shootout. 

The Meet and Greet will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. This gives racers and other boat-related groups an opportunity to display to the public their boats, transport rigs and accessories.

As part of the Meet and Greet, boats and rigs will line up on Rt. 242 about mid-afternoon for a parade of boats to The Strip. Bagnell Dam Blvd. will be closed to thru-traffic from School Road to Bagnell Dam from noon to 10 p.m. so boats and their transports can set up for the rest of the day.

Resident passes will be provided by Shootout volunteers prior to the day so residents can access their homes and businesses.

Parking will be available below Bagnell Dam Blvd. with shuttles providing transportation to The Strip. In addition, parking will be available at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lake Ozark Christian Church and School of the Osage Heritage School. 

Shootout activities begin in full Aug. 20 and conclude with the actual Shootout Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, near Captain Ron’s in Sunrise Beach (34.5 mile marker).

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Car Show, Etc.

The new event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, also on The Strip.

There will be a car, truck and bike show with competitive classes and plaques for class winners. In addition, there will be a Dyno Shootout for cars, trucks and bikes with classes and plaques for class winners. Registration is limited for the dyno runs. 

A dynamometer, also known as a “dyno”, is a device that measures force, torque or power. For chassis or engine applications, a dynamometer is designed to create a load to duplicate various speed (RPM) and torque (Nm or lb-ft) requirements. From this data, power (HP or kW) can be calculated.

The show starts at noon and the awards ceremony is at 8 p.m. There will not be any street closures for this event (the center lane will be blocked off) with vehicles set up for public viewing along both sides of Bagnell Dam Blvd. and the center lane.

Again, parking will be available below Bagnell Dam Blvd. with shuttles providing transportation to The Strip. In addition, parking will be available at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lake Ozark Christian Church and School of the Osage Heritage School. 

For details and registration, click on