The Kirkwood City Council added three new members on Thursday, June 25, during a live-streamed special meeting session.
Donning masks, newcomer Liz Gibbons and previous council member Bob Sears joined incumbent Maggie Duwe on Thursday evening to be sworn in after winning seats during the June 2 election. Mayor Tim Griffin, who ran unopposed, was also sworn in for another term.
During its previous meeting on June 18, the council said goodbye to member Nancy Luetzow, who retired from the council. On June 25, Luetzow received an award for her years of service to the council.
"It has been a real pleasure serving with you," said Griffin of Luetzow. "Your tenacity, your research, your opinions — we’ve all benefitted very much from them. What you’ve done for the city of Kirkwood has been remarkable public service."
Ellen Edman, who lost her bid for reelection this year, was also praised at the June 18 meeting.
"I think you can never truly be grate at this job or any elected position if you don’t bring compassion, empathy and understanding of the needs of everyone with you. You bring that. There wasn’t an issue you weren’t emotionally tied to. I thank you for that," said councilman Wallace Ward.