CITY HALL — With a multitude of accolades, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen said goodbye this week to two departing aldermen, Terry Kennedy of the 18th Ward and Scott Ogilvie of the 24th Ward.
“Alderman Ogilvie, you have served this city well. You have changed us through your persuasive comments, and that has all been for the better,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said during the board’s final meeting on April 15.
“I am so proud to have known you as long as I’ve known you,” Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed said to Kennedy. “Part of being a leader is putting the needs and the wants of the group ahead of your own. I want to thank you for all your works.”
Both aldermen chose not to run for reelection. Kennedy, however, will not be going far. He will the become Board of Aldermen’s new clerk this week. Ogilvie said he was pretty sure he’s gotten a new job too, but wouldn’t say what it was.
With his wife Ruth and his daughter Ruth by his side, Ogilvie said he’d gotten many of the things he was interested in done.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to get to do this job,” Ogilvie said. “May fortune favor this body and the rest of the City of St. Louis.”
Surprised by the entrance of an African drum group, Kennedy spoke of the legacy of his late father Sam Kennedy, who was alderman before Kennedy was elected in 1989. He also spoke of how Sam Kennedy survived the East St. Louis race riots of 1917 and other relatives were slaves.
“Those are the stories of St. Louis that enrich all of us,” Kennedy said.
“Terry has been a great leader, a wonderful mentor,” Alderman Shane Cohn said. Kennedy lives the values of diversity, Cohn said.
“Alderman Kennedy, you lead us by example,” said 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer.
“You’re one of the few people that really mentors people at this board,” said Alderwoman Megan Green. “Your legacy will go on for a long time.”
“I’ve been down here 16th years now, and I’ve had the pleasure of being mentored by you,” said 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd. “Watching your leadership style has made me a better legislator and a better man.”
Aldermen also offered praise to Ogilvie.
“His departure leaves a role not easy to fill,” said 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia.
“I’m going to miss watching the way your mind works on city policy,” said 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg.
“It’s been a sheer joy and pleasure to know your over the years,” said Cohn, who shared an office with Ogilvie.
Nineteenth Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis praised Ogilvie for his enthusiasm. “I like the way you debate, and you do your homework.”
Kennedy and Ogilvie’s successors, Jesse Todd and Bret Narayan, respectively, as well as the other newly-elected aldermen, will be sworn in Tuesday. Check back next week for our photos and full coverage.