CLAYTON – Jacque Bardgett’s appointment to the St. Louis County Board of Highways and Traffic was unanimously confirmed by the St. Louis County Council at their last meeting.
“I’m very excited about this appointment and the opportunity to participate in St. Louis County Government. I have been a life long resident of St. Louis County. I attended grade school and high school in the County and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Webster University in St. Louis County. My family, including my mother, father, and my grandfather, has a long history of involvement in St. Louis County Public Service. I wanted to follow in my family’s footsteps and serve for my County as well,” Bardgett commented.
“Jacque Bardgett is a talented young professional who comes from a family with a long history of public service. I am excited she wants to contribute to St. Louis County,” St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said.
The County Board of Traffic and Highways advises the Director of Traffic and Highways and the County Council concerning issues affecting the department and county’s highway system. The term of an appointment is four years.
At the meeting, Councilman Mike O’Mara brought up the fact Bardgett would by far the youngest member of the board. Bardgett responded, “I have always been very interested in the legislative and governmental process and wanted to get involved at the County Government level. I am very excited about this opportunity and I think it will be a phenomenal learning experience for me as well as an avenue for me to give back to my community. I think my age will allow me to provide a stronger voice and representation for the younger generation of St. Louis County citizens.” O’Mara voted in support of her nomination.
Bardgett’s family has a long history of service to St. Louis County. Her grandfather John “Jack” Bardgett Sr. was a St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge before being appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court. Her mother, Ann, served as the head of the St. Louis County Board of Elections, and her father John Bardgett Jr. is a Governmental Consultant who has provided counsel to many of St. Louis’ leading corporations as well as serving as the Governmental Consultant to four St. Louis County Executives Gene McNary, H.C. Milford, Buzz Westfall, and Charlie Dooley. Jacque Bardgett herself works alongside her father at John Bardgett & Associates.
This appointment was a piece of common ground between the County Executive Dooley and his opponent in the August primary County Councilman Steve Stenger
“She is a bright young person who wants to contribute and give back to her community and that is a great thing,” Stenger said.
Scott Faughn is the publisher of The Missouri Times, owner of the Clayton Times in Clayton, Mo; SEMO Times in Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and host of the only statewide political television show, This Week in Missouri Politics.