CHILLICOTHE, MO – During a recent meeting of the Chillicothe city council, business was conducted to fill an empty seat after a councilman resigned amid health concerns.

Mayor Reed Dupy brought up the matter as the first order of business yesterday.  Appointing Pam Jarding to the 4th Ward.

Councilman Paul Howard, whose health has failed, could not be in attendance at the meeting to accept a plaque in his honor for several years of service to the community. Mayor Dupy read from its contents at the meeting.

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The plaque will be presented at a later date to Howard. Taking his place, by appointment, was a person familiar with city council experience.

Pam Jarding took the oath of office to fulfill the unexpired portion of the 4th ward term. She announced at the end of the meeting, she was keeping the Howard family in her prayers. Jarding was also happy to sit on the council once more, saying Chillicothe was a wonderful city when she previously served, and remains a number one city with recent improvements.