WILLARD, Mo. — The turmoil surrounding Willard’s city government has come to an end.
The Board of Aldermen met tonight with hopes to elect a new mayor, after the previous mayor, Sam Snider, resigned last week.
In less than 10 minutes, the Board unanimously elected Alderman Sam Baird as the city’s new mayor and voted to reappoint the interim city administrator that Snider fired back in September.
“We’re moving forward. Things are, the logjam is broken. The discord should be going away. And we are moving forward. And I’m very happy about that,” Baird said.
Willard lost a mayor and an alderman within a span of three days last week.
Snider stepped down shortly before facing an impeachment hearing.
Corey Hendrickson, a former alderman, also resigned last week after pleading guilty to embezzling $300,000 from his former employer, Prime Trucking.
While Baird said he does not plan to run for mayor in April 2024, Snider says he does plans to run again.
Baird also said the city is ready to start the process of finding candidates for the two available alderman seats.
“We’ve got some personnel issues we’ve got to resolve, but there’s a whole plethora of other issues that we’re constantly working on and it’s time to get back to work on it,” said Baird.