New Belleville council members to be sworn in Wednesday

News-DemocratApril 30, 2013 

— Newly elected Belleville officials will be sworn in on Wednesday.

The swearing in ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St. The new members' first meeting will be the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on May 6.

The following officials won four-year terms in the April 9 election: incumbent Mayor Mark Eckert; Dallas Cook as city clerk; Dean Hardt as city treasurer; incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Ken Kinsella; Janet Kay Schmidt as Ward 2 alderwoman; Kent Randle as Ward 3 alderman; Johnnie Anthony as Ward 4 alderman; incumbent Ward 5 Alderman Phil Silsby; Bob White as Ward 6 alderman; Trent Galetti as Ward 7 alderman and incumbent Ward 8 Alderman James Musgrove.

The city's other eight aldermen have terms that expire in 2015.

Eckert, Kinsella, Anthony, Silsby and Musgrove ran as part of the Belleville Good Government Party.

Cook, Hardt, Schmidt, Randle, White and Galetti are independents.

The new council will have seven independent aldermen and eight aldermen who ran with Eckert's Good Government Party.

After the swearing in ceremony, Eckert has 30 days to appoint someone to the last aldermanic seat, a Ward 4 position that expires in 2015. The seat was left vacant after Hardt ran mid-term and was elected city treasurer.

The council members leaving their posts are: City Clerk Linda Fields, City Treasurer Jerry Turner, Ward 2 Alderwoman Dorothy Meyer, Ward 3 Alderman Rob Anderson, Ward 4 Alderman Tim Carpenter, Ward 4 Alderman Dean Hardt, Ward 6 Alderman Dave Martinson and Ward 7 Alderman Phil Elmore.

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