Weston Mayor will resign post

C.R. Carter says he has taken job in Arkansas and will step down June 26

The City of Weston is in need of a new mayor.

Mayor C.R. Carter announced his resignation, effective June 26, at the regular Board of Aldermen meeting Monday evening. Carter and his family will relocate to Jonesboro, Ark. later this summer. Carter, 41, is in his second term as mayor after his re-election to office in 2013. Previously, he served one term on the Board of Aldermen and on other local community boards. He is married with three children and has worked for the past 12 years as the materials operations manager for Harley-Davidson Motor Company at the Kansas City Vehicle and Powertrain Assembly Plant. Visibly emotional, Carter gave his resignation and said he has been honored to serve the City as mayor and thankful for the assistance he has received from City staff and fellow officeholders. City attorney Jeremy Webb explained the replacement process, which will begin immediately. Aldermen may choose potential appointees — who need not be current elected officials — for presentation to the Board of Aldermen for approval. After approval by a majority vote, the appointee will serve as mayor until the next municipal election in April 2015. The City will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. June 13 to discuss a mayoral appointment. The Board itself welcomed its newest member Monday as well. Bill Baker was elected to the Ward 1 alderman’s seat in the April 8 election, but chose not to take the oath of office at the regular meeting last month. As a Platte County Public Water District No. 7 supervisor and member of the Weston Special Roads District, he said he wanted to obtain some legal advice on potential conflicts of interest before he accepted his seat on the Board. Baker also worked as a part-time City of Weston employee at the water plant, and resigned that position before taking his place with the Board. The City also recognized former City attorney Quint Shafer, who was recently appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court bench. Shafer served as City attorney from 1999-2014 and said of all the letters he had to write to clients and associates after his appointment, the one to the City of Weston was the most difficult. “The people I’ve worked with here have been kind, giving and hardworking,” Shafer said. “I look around this room and I see wise counsel.”

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