East West Gateway Council of Government, Board of Directors

Details about the East West Gateway Council of Government, Board of Directors

Overview

The Board of Directors of East West Gateway Council of Governments is the metropolitan planning organization for the bi-state area. The Board of Directors has the responsibility of selecting the road, bridge and transit projects in the region that will receive federal funds.

The Mayor of the City of St. Louis is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. The Mayor additionally appoints one "Regional Citizen" to be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

Apply to Serve (1 openings) View board website
Openings include appointments labeled "Serving Beyond Term."

Board Members

Showing 25 active board members (maximum 24)
Name Role End Date
Darlene Bell 01/01/2027
Terry Briggs Member 01/01/2027
Tim Brinker Member 01/01/2027
Ron Counts Member 01/01/2027
Robert Eastern III Member 01/01/2027
C. William (Bill) Grogan Member 01/01/2027
Rita Heard Days Member 01/01/2027
Dennis Knobloch Member 01/01/2027
Mark Kupsky Member 01/01/2027
John Laker Member 01/01/2027
Patrick McKenna Non-Voting 01/01/2027
Holly Ostdick Bieneman Non-Voting 01/01/2027
Dr. Sam Page Member 01/01/2027
Taulby Roach Non-Voting 01/01/2027
Herbert Simmons Member 01/01/2027
John White Member 01/01/2027
Aaron Willard Non-Voting 01/01/2027
Ron Williams Member 01/01/2027
Barbara Geisman Esq. Member 04/20/2025
Tishaura Jones Vice Chairperson 04/20/2025
Mark Kern Vice Chairperson 11/01/2024
Kurt Prenzler Chairperson 11/01/2024
Joseph (Joe) Vollmer 04/17/2023
Steve Ehlmann Vice Chairperson 11/01/2022
Serving Beyond Term
Dennis Gannon Chairperson 11/01/2022
Serving Beyond Term

Authorizing Legislation

23 USC 134; Rev. Mo. Stat. 251.010- 251.440.

Board Duties and Purpose

The East West Gateway Council of Government may conduct all types of research studies, collect and analyze data, prepare maps, charts and tables, and conduct all necessary studies for the accomplishment of its other duties; it may make plans for the physical, social and economic development of the region, and may adopt by resolution any plan or the portion of any plan so prepared as its official recommendation for the development of the region; it may publicize and advertise its purposes, objectives and findings and may distribute reports thereon; it may provide advisory services on regional planning problems to the local government units within the region and to the other public and private agencies in matters relative to its functions and objectives, and may act as a coordinating agency for programs and activities of such local units and agencies as they relate to its objectives.

All public officials shall, upon request, furnish to the regional planning commission, within a reasonable time, such available information as it requires for its work. In general, the regional planning commission shall have all powers necessary to enable it to perform its functions and promote regional planning. The functions of the regional planning commission shall be solely advisory to the local governments and local government officials comprising the region.

Member Requirements

According to By-Laws:

1. Mayor of the City of East St. Louis, IL

2. Chairman, County Board, Madison County, IL

3. Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Monroe County, IL

4. Chairman, County Board, St. Clair County, IL

5. Mayor of member city of Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors to be selected by vote of the membership of said organization

6. Mayor of member city of Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors to be selected by vote of the membership of said organization

7. Regional Citizen or elected county or municipal official from the County of Madison, IL to be appointed by the Chairman of the County Board of Madison County, IL

8. Regional Citizen or elected county or municipal official from the County of St. Clair, IL to be appointed by the Chairman of the County Board of St. Clair County, IL

9. President, Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan and Regional Planning Commission

10. Mayor, City of St. Louis, MO

11. Presiding Commissioner, Jefferson County, MO

12. County Executive, St. Charles County, MO

13. County Executive, St. Louis County, MO

14. Mayor or other elected official of member city of the St. Louis County Municipal League to be selected by the membership of said organization

15. President, Board of Alderman, City of St. Louis, MO

16. Presiding Commissioner, Franklin County, MO

17. Elected county or municipal official from the County of St. Louis, MO to be appointed by the County Executive of St. Louis County, MO

18. Elected county or municipal official from the County of St. Charles, MO, to be appointed by the County Executive of St. Charles, MO

19. Elected county or municipal official from Franklin and Jefferson counties, MO, provided, however, that this seat shall not be held by a resident of any one county for more than one year, to be appointed by the Presiding Commissioners of Franklin and Jefferson Counties respectively

20. Regional Citizen or elected county or municipal official from the County of St. Louis County, MO

21. Regional Citizen from the City of St. Louis, MO, to be appointed by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis

22. Regional Citizen from the County of Madison, IL, to be appointed by the Chairman of the County Board of Madison County, IL

23. Regional Citizen from the County of St. Clair, IL, to be appointed by the Chairman of the County Board of St. Clair County, IL

24. Regional Citizen from the Illinois portion of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments area to be appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois

Questions and Feedback

If you have questions or any feedback about this content, please contact:

Michele Knox
Special Assistant to the Mayor for Boards and Commissions
(314) 622-4304
Email & full profile

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