The Webster Groves City Council on Tuesday appointed Gregory T. (Greg) Mueller and Antoinette (Toni) Hunt to serve on the council for the next 14 months.
The council acted to fill vacancies resulting from the recent death of Council Member Ed Robinson and the election of Council Member Jeanne Kirkton to the Missouri House of Representatives.
The action came following council members’ review of seven applicants under consideration. Mayor Gerry Welch said all seven were really good candidates, which made the selections a tough decision.
“We took a very systematic approach and were slow and careful in the selection process,” Welch said. “Several candidates had served on boards and commissions and had experience in city government. We have two excellent new council members, and we’ll encourage those not selected to stay involved.”
The council voted unanimously in choosing Mueller and Hunt to fill the two unexpired terms.
An attorney with Frank, Dolan & Mueller LLC, Mueller has lived in Webster for 31 years. He graduated from Boston College, where he majored in English literature, and earned his law degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Mueller founded the Big Bend Neighborhood Association in 2003 with the stated goal of preserving and enhancing the city by strengthening the community one neighborhood at a time. He has served for three years on the city planning and zoning commission, rising to the position of vice-chair; as a member of the Webster University Neighborhood Advisory Committee; and as a board member and president of Willow’s Way, a not-for-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities.
Mueller attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and is an active member of Holy Redeemer parish and school board.
“The priorities important to me are the people, families and neighborhoods of our community,” Mueller stated in his application for the council position. “The character of Webster Groves is enhanced by the institutions, churches, schools, and businesses of our city. But…the distinct character of our city comes from the neighborhoods and the families in them. Our city’s neighborhoods are the building blocks of a healthy, thriving future.”
Antoinette (Toni) Hunt
Hunt grew up in Rock Hill and has lived in Webster for a total of 15 years. Having moved to various cities outside the state, she said in her application that she always compared those places to Webster Groves.
“The things that keep me coming back to Webster Groves are the reason why I would like to serve on the Webster Groves City Council,” she said. “While I understand that no place is perfect, I truly believe that all residents of Webster Groves, of every economic, racial and religious background, want a vibrant economic community that is socially diverse and has an enviable community spirit.”
Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and master’s in urban planning at the University of Kansas. She is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
She has held positions of planner for the city of Chesterfield and senior planner (zoning section head) at the St. Louis County Department of Planning. She is currently development assistant at the Marian Middle School. She has served as board president of the Ursuline Academy alumnae association; past chair of the stewardship council and co-chair of the long range plan committee at Mary Queen of Peace parish; and member of the Webster Groves Board of Adjustment.
(Photo of Toni Hunt not available at press time)