Mayor & City Council

Composition. The Council shall consist of a Mayor and eight (8) Council members.
 
Representation. The Mayor shall represent the City at large. Two (2) Council members shall represent each of the four (4) districts established under Section 110.060.
 
Eligibility. The Mayor and each Council member shall be a qualified voter of the City. The Mayor and each Council member shall be a resident of the City and shall have been a resident of the City for at least one (1) year prior to his/her election. Additionally, each Council member shall be a resident of the district which he/she represents.
 
Terms. The Mayor and each Council member shall be elected for a four (4) year term except as provided in Section 110.020(D). The terms of the two (2) Council members representing each district shall be staggered so that only one (1) such Council member's term expires in each even-numbered year.
 
Limitation On Terms. There shall be no limit to the number of terms a person may serve as Mayor or Council member; provided however, that no person shall be eligible to be elected to more than three (3) consecutive four (4) year terms as Mayor or Council member.
 
Compensation. The compensation rate set for City Council members shall be as four hundred eighty dollars ($480.00) per month. 

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Mayor
Jim Thomson
314-644-2128
jthomson@richmondheights.org

  website MSH_6022_01

Jim Thomson, first elected Mayor in April 2016, is a lifelong resident of Richmond Heights. Six generations of his family have lived and attended school and church in Richmond Heights. He and his wife, Kathy, and two children lived on Harter Avenue until the highway expansion, and now reside on Claytonia Terrace. Mr. Thomson is retired after 34 years with the St. Louis Public School system and served as a Richmond Heights District 2 Council member from 2008-2012. Mayor Thomson has always been interested in active community participation with residents and encourages keeping residents informed through District meetings and City messaging systems.  He encourages our residents to enjoy the City's newest businesses, restaurants, and park improvements and looks forward to providing a high level of communication with City residents.  

He was elected to his second term in June of 2020 (April Municipal Election was pushed back due to COVID-19).

Mayor Thomson's second term expires in April 2024.

Council District 1

Greg Vescovo
314-304-0680
gvescovo@richmondheights.org

G Vescovo 2020Greg Vescovo, Jr. and his family have lived in Richmond Heights for seven years. He graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in May 2010 where he was recognized for Pro Bono Commitment to the Community. Greg has practiced law for approximately nine years. Recently Greg received the honor of being named one of Missouri’s Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers. This honor is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a Civil Plaintiff trial lawyer. This would be Mr. Vescovo's first direct experience in politics, and he is eager to serve Richmond Heights and give back to his community. From his perspective, the three main issues for the City and its residents are the following: striking a balance between commercial development and fighting to maintain the residential charm that makes Richmond Heights the great community it is; maintaining the services and benefits provided by the City; and achieving these goals while maintaining and strengthening our schools.


He was elected for his first term representing District 1 in June 2020; his term will expire in April 2024.

Lisa Eppert
314-799-2520
leppert@richmondheights.org     

 lisa fixedLisa Eppert has lived in Richmond Heights for the past 19 years.  She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Degree in Business Administration and Advertising.  Lisa and her husband, Patrick, currently own a marketing services agency executing marketing programs for a broad range of national clients, some in highly regulated industries, and local, national, and international non-profits. She has held many leadership roles in the community including President of both Little Flower Ladies' Club and Little Flower School Board. Lisa is currently Vice President of St. Louis non-profit, Lolly's Place, and a member of the Board of Directors for international NGO, Media Matters for Women.  They have 3 daughters, two at Little Flower Catholic School and one at Nerinx Hall. 

She was elected for her first term representing District 1 in April 2018; her term will expire in April 2022.

Council District 2

Maurice Muia
229-395-0670
mmuia@richmondheights.org

Maurice Muia council picMaurice K. Muia was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. He, his wife and their three children have enjoyed life in Richmond Heights for the past six years. Mr. Muia earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and pursued a Master's Degree in Sustainability from SLU. Currently, he is serving as the Climate Advisor for the City of St. Louis where he advises the City on sustainable building policy and transportation electrification. He was instrumental in the passing of a historic Solar Ready ordinance for new construction in the City of St. Louis. Prior to his current role, he was an electrical power system engineer with electric utilities across the State of Missouri. In 2009, he met with Delegate to Congress Dr. Christensen to discuss opportunities for sustainability in island nations for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, he was a Sustainability Commissioner for the City of Maplewood where he worked on Sustainability and Climate Change challenges at the local level. He believes sustainability and climate change are one of the biggest issues facing our local community and  nation. From his perspective, the three most important issues before the City and its residents are the following: safety, youth engagement, and continuity. Ensuring the safety in our community for everyone is a key pillar to the success of Richmond Heights. He believes residents and visitors to Richmond Heights should feel safe all at times. Engaging our youth in careers and opportunities of the future outside of school should create a better environment for our children and families. 

 He was elected for his first term representing District 2 in June 2020; his term will expire in April 2024.

Reginald Finney
314-795-6126
rfinney@richmondheights.org

Reggie Finney - 5
Reginald Finney has lived in Richmond Heights for more than 50 years and is serving his first term on the City Council. A graduate of Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, Mr. Finney has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington University as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in practical theology from Metropolitan Christian Bible Institute. Mr. Finney is also a United States Air Force veteran.

Mr. Finney formerly served on the RH Recreational Advisory Board and founded the Hadley Township Homeowners Association and the MRH Hall of Fame Restoration Committee. He also co-founded the now-defunct Concerned Citizens for the Betterment of Richmond Heights. Mr. Finney has an adult daughter, Gwendolyn Rusan, of Jefferson City.

He was elected for his first term representing District 2 in April 2014; his second term will expire in April 2022.

District 2 Community Meetings

* District 2 community meetings at THE HEIGHTS are currently on hold and will resume if we are able depending on the pandemic*  District 2 council members host a community meeting at 10 a.m. most every second Saturday of the month at THE HEIGHTS in order to hear from their constituents and to share information about important issues and updates. Residents from throughout the City are welcome to attend. 

Council District 3

Megan Moylan
314-348-7191
mmoylan@richmondheights.org

moylanMegan Moylan has lived in Richmond Heights since 2005.  Megan has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Truman State University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Missouri St. Louis. Her prior work experience includes teaching, human resources and social services. She plans to return to teaching in the near future. She and her husband, Heath, currently live in their second home in District Three and look forward to being in Richmond Heights for many years to come. She has three children who attend the Maplewood Richmond Heights schools and they are very active in the MRH School District.

She was elected to her first term representing District 3 in April 2013 due to a vacancy.  Megan was elected to her first full term in April of 2016 and elected to her second term in June 2020; her second term will expire in April 2024.

 

Ashley Metcalf
314-210-9276
ametcalf@richmondheights.org

ashley finalAshley Metcalf is a St. Louis native and has lived in Richmond Heights since she was 16.  After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, she moved back to Richmond Heights. Ashley and her husband, Joe, and their two daughters live on Princeton Place with both children enrolled in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights school system.  
Ashley works as a Senior Manager for Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate firm, where she represent tenants. She ensures her clients' needs are met and provides leadership to her team of associates. Ashley also volunteers for non-profit organizations such as Crisis Nursery and various local theater groups. 

She was elected for her first term representing District 3 in April 2018; her term will expire in April 2022.

Council District 4

Danny Hebenstreit
314-779-6811
dhebenstreit@richmondheights.org

website MSH_5969Council Member Danny Hebenstreit is a native St. Louisan and has lived in Richmond Heights with his wife for the last five years. For the past 36 years, he has been employed by Anheuser-Busch, and during his tenure, he served as a shop steward participating in the resolution of issues between labor and company. He is knowledgeable in many areas of construction, has owned and operated rental space, and has restored/renovated properties to increase their value. Through all of this, he is able to provide insight to the needs of both landlords and renters. He has a strong commitment to community service as a United Way representative, building several Habitat for Humanity homes, co-organizing a community park revitalization program, and volunteered in many capacities for local school districts.

He was elected for his first term representing District 4 in April 2016 and elected to his second term in June 2020; his second term will expire in April 2024.

 

Dan Sebben
314-991-3832
dsebben@richmondheights.org

SebbenCouncil Member Dan Sebben has lived in Richmond Heights with his wife, Judy, and daughter, Jessica, for the past six-and-a-half years.  He and Judy also have three adult daughters. Mr. Sebben has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s in secondary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a master’s in business management from Webster University. He has worked at Webster Groves High School for the last 27 years as a guidance counselor and cross country and track coach. 
In May 2013, he retired from his counselor position. For the last 32 years, Mr. Sebben also has worked as an athletic event management consultant for Eckelman/Sebben Consultants. While working for the Webster Groves School District, Mr. Sebben has served on community-based committees and task forces. For 12 years, he served on the St. Louis Track Club Board of Directors and was a three-term president of the Board.

He was elected for his first term representing District 4 in April 2014 and elected to serve a second term in April 2018; his current term will expire in April 2022.
Charter Provisions for Council and Mayor
Per the Municipal Code, Section 115.010