The second time was the charm for Michael Hays.
At Wednesday night's special meeting of the Wentzville Board of Aldermen, Mayor Nick Guccione appointed Hays to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of John Luby.
When Guccione first appointed Hays to fill the seat left vacant by his own election to the post of mayor, the appointment was rejected by the board—unanimously. The board asked for a procedure to be established to take applications and create a pool of potential nominees for the Mayor to choose from.
Guccione's second appointment, , but Luby was unable to attend meetings due to a family issue and he resigned in early November.
Not all the aldermen voted to approve the appointment. Rick Stokes and Sonya Shryock voted against the appointment. Both stated that they felt that the application procedures put into place had not been followed.
"There could be new people out there who are interested . . . I'm not going to support any candidate until we follow the process," Stokes said.
Guccione defended his choice. "I have to go with my heart, my gut instinct. I know this person and what he’s done in the community,” he said.
Hays took his oath of office after the regular meeting was convened at 6 p.m. and took his place with the board.