The St. Charles County Council has named Mike Elam, District 3, as Chairman for 2021. Elam was approved at the beginning of the Council’s regular meeting Jan. 11 and immediately began his duties. Nancy Schneider, District 6, was named Vice Chairman. They were the sole nominees for each position.
Elam has served on the County Council since April 2013, when he was appointed by County Executive Steve Ehlmann to fill a vacant seat left by Nancy Matheny, who stepped down. Since that time, he has been elected to serve District 3 twice; this is his second one-year term as chairman.
“I am proud to serve St. Charles County in this capacity again,” Elam says, “and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with my fellow Council members and the County administration. It is an exciting time as we continue exploring ways to keep Missouri’s fastest growing county moving forward.”
Elam, of Dardenne Prairie, has been a resident of St. Charles County since 1992. Along with serving on the County Council, he serves on the Board of Directors of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries. He has served in other in community leadership roles with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Barnes Jewish St. Peters/Progress West Hospital Foundation Board, Businessmen’s Prayer Breakfast, St. Charles Noonday Rotary Club, and as an emcee for a variety of fundraiser and community events.
Schneider was appointed to the Council in October 2019 by the County Executive after the resignation of Mike Klinghammer. She was reelected in November 2020.
Schneider retired in December 2016 after serving 26 years as an associate, and then circuit judge, in St. Charles County. Prior, she was in private law practice for 10 years, was a prosecutor for the Juvenile Court and employed at ACF Industries. She is a lifelong resident of St. Charles County and is active in the community. She currently services as president of the Community and Children’s Resource Board (CCRB) and is an Oasis volunteer tutor at Null Elementary School.
All legislative powers of the county are vested in the County Council. The Council consists of seven members, one member elected by the voters in each of the seven council districts. Council members are elected for 4-year terms, which begin in January. Council meetings are held on the second and last Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted, in the County Executive Building, 100 North Third Street, in St. Charles. For more information, visit sccmo.org/CountyCouncil.