UPDATE: Mayor Guccione withdrew his appointment of former mayor Paul Lambi to the WEDC prior to the June 8 meeting. At the start of the meeting, the board voted to approve a revised agenda with the appointment removed. There was no discussion of the issue, and the vote to accept the updated agenda was unanimous.
Original story: In a June 2 memo to the Wentzville Board of Aldermen, Mayor Nick Guccione stated his intention to appoint former mayor Paul Lambi to the city’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) for a two-year term.
The appointment will go to the board of aldermen for approval at the June 8 regular meeting.
According to the city’s website, the WEDC “is charged with the promotion and marketing of economic development expansion and growth for the City of Wentzville. Under state law, they can own real and personal property, sell and lease property, finance spec buildings and oversee other economic development program.”
Three years ago, Lambi was fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission after a consulting firm Lambi worked for was involved in the negotiations to bring a branch of Ranken Technical College to Wentzville, according to a July 17, 2013 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lambi’s $1000 fine was reduced to $200 when he paid the fine within a 45-day window.
Currently serving on the WEDC are
- Bob Schmidt, President
- Tammy Alexander, Vice President
- Bill Kral, Secretary
- Jill Ruggeri, Treasurer/Assistant Secretary
- Denise Hackman
- Andrew McElwain
- Alderman Cheryl Kross