Miller notifies Board President Robin Harris, Secretary Jane Cunningham and Fire Chief Chuck Marsonette After Abrupt Resignation by Monarch Director Steve Swyers

APRIL 28, 2015, Chesterfield, Missouri…Kelley Miller, a human resources professional who campaigned for a position on the Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors in the April 7 election, wants to fill the seat left vacant by former Board Member Steve Swyers, who resigned abruptly from the board when Robin Harris was re-elected.

In certified letters mailed on April 27 to Harris, Board Secretary Jane Cunningham and Fire Chief Chuck Marsonette, Miller said, “As a constituent in the Monarch Fire Protection District, I am writing to request appointment to the vacant board seat. I am certain that my knowledge, skills, and experience combined with my strong interest in serving the district make me a top candidate for appointment.”

Miller is a human resources professional with Missouri Baptist Medical Center and a single mother whose campaign literature says she is “a concerned citizen who got involved in the Monarch Fire District after seeing the fiscal mess Harris created during his tenure.”

Before joining Missouri Baptist, Miller was Director of Human Resources at St. Louis Arc, a non-profit United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children with intellectual developmental disabilities throughout metro St. Louis. Miller has more than ten years of management experience dealing with non-profit boards of directors.

“Having recently participated in the election for the Monarch board, I have personally met with many residents and business owners in the district and have first-hand knowledge of the issues that are on their minds, “Miller said.

“Professionally, I have the experience and skills to provide board expertise in hiring; strategic planning; policy development; and oversight.  These are key contributions that I can offer; skills and experience I am confident will help make the board stronger,” she said.

Board Member Steve Swyers resigned on April 20 after Harris was re-elected to another six-year term on the three-member Monarch board when Harris won a majority vote over Miller in her first-ever campaign for public office.

In his letter of resignation, Swyers said, “My decision to resign today is rooted in the falsehoods, half truths, misinformation, creation of an unhealthy work environment, and what I believe to be misuse of public funds by Monarch Board President Robin Harris and Board Secretary Jane Cunningham.”

Of Harris and Cunningham, Swyers said, “I no longer wish to be associated with their business style and their political rhetoric, as it has only created an environment of distrust and negativity.”

For more information, contact Kelley Miller at 314 308 9748.