Wagner returns to city government
Six months after stepping away from city government, Ken Wagner is back on the Baldwin City Council.
After Mayor Marilyn Pearse nominated him Monday to fill the unexpired term of Coy Weege, the council voted 4-0 to appoint Wagner to the seat. Weege resigned the position after receiving a promotion requiring him to move to Alabama.
With Monday's appointment, Wagner will complete the 18 months left in the term Weege was elected to in April 2011.
Citing the need to spend more time with his growing Heritage Tractor Company, Wagner decided in January not to seek re-election as Baldwin City mayor at the end of his first four-year term.
“I did miss it,” Wagner said of city government. “I was humbled when Marilyn asked me to rejoin the council. I took some time to think about it. I have time to do this for a year and a half.”
Pearse said she was excited about Wagner rejoining the council. She said Wagner, who served on the council for two terms before being elected mayor in 2009, obviously was prepared for the job.
Wagner said he respected Pearse from serving on the council with her from 2001 to 2003. It was a bold move on her part to ask a former mayor to be on the council, he said. He knew his place as one of five policy makers on the council and would respect her role as “CEO” of the city, he said.
City Councilwoman Christi Darnell said she researched Wagner’s vote totals in city elections and found he always won with ease. That indicated city residents would support the appointment, she said.