Just weeks after being elected to another term, Ward 2 Councilwoman Wanda Monsees has resigned from her position on the Sedalia City Council due to health reasons.
Monsees’ resignation was official Tuesday afternoon after she submitted a letter of resignation to Mayor Steve Galliher. Monsees, who has been a councilmember since April 2009, has been undergoing treatment for colon cancer for several years. When she filed for re-election earlier this year she and her doctors thought she would soon go into remission, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.
“When I ran, I ran in good faith thinking that I had every reason to believe it would go into remission but a couple weeks after the filing date it turned out that it wasn’t going into remission, so it’s just gotten progressively worse,” Monsees said. “It’s gotten to the point where I wasn’t able to do my job the way I wanted to do it. I had to sell my house and move in with my mom, which took me out of the ward. It just seemed like it was time.”
Monsees said she has enjoyed her time serving on council, and that she’ll “especially miss my constituents.”
“Certainly I’ll miss all of it, all the different projects, so much of it I enjoyed,” Monsees said. “Mostly I’ll miss working with the staff and constituents and the other members. I would’ve loved to complete another term, but I just don’t think my body’s going to cooperate.”
Galliher echoed the sentiment that Monsees’ constituents were always at the forefront of her work on the council.
“She’s going to be greatly missed,” Galliher said. “She’s a great person, people put their trust in her and I think she did a fantastic job while she was there. She cared about the whole city as well as her ward.
“I’m saddened and I think we’re going to have a big loss on the council,” Galliher continued. “When making decisions she was always taking everything into consideration, and I always appreciate her decisions and I think she’s going to be hard shoes to fill.”
Now that Monsees has stepped down, Galliher has the task of appointing someone to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat. Galliher said he and Monsees both have a few candidates in mind, and he will be interviewing those people over the next few weeks. Galliher will then take his selection to council for approval.
“We’re going to do it as soon as possible,” Galliher said. “We don’t want to leave the spot open very long, but we want to make sure we have someone well-qualified and do it right the first time.”
When asked to name a few proud accomplishments during her time on council, Monsees directed all the praise to the council as a whole, calling all their work a team effort.
“It’s hard to point to any single thing because we work together on all of it, it’s hard to say ‘here’s something I did’ because it’s a group effort, but anything we accomplished makes me proud,” she said. “I look around and I know some people don’t understand the need for the big fire station or the bridge, but I remember sitting in meetings pondering it all out, deciding that was the best answer to the issues we had and I certainly appreciate the opportunity to be part of that.”