By Kyle Siegel
Mayor Elaine Horn is a native of Sedalia and she sees her years of retail and restaurant experience as being beneficial in her job as mayor of the City of Sedalia.
“It has helped when dealing with people. It taught me to have patience with people,” Horn said.
She added, “Every job I have had, has helped me deal with a different group of people and problems. They have made me well rounded.”
Horn attended and graduated from Sacred Heart, before attending SFCC for a year. After her year at SFCC, she attended CMSU where she received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics with an emphasis on Fashion Design. She also had a Business Administration minor.
Horn was asked what was her first job after college.
“I went into retail. I went to work at Wal-Mart. I was there four years.
“They had me as a cashier, and when they found out I had fabric experience they moved me back there,” she said.
After working at Wal-Mart, Elaine moved to the St. Louis area for eight years, and during that time she worked retail off and on.
After leaving St. Louis, Horn moved back to Sedalia and took a job in the pharmacy department of Price Chopper.
“I really liked that job. It was fun, and it was a good challenge. There was a huge learning curve to do that,” Horn said.
In 2001 Elaine married Tom Horn and shortly there after the two made the decision to open a restaurant, Little Big Horn.
“After Price Chopper, I moved on to the restaurant world. I have never had a job where there wasn’t some kind of huge learning curve.
“Tom and I opened the restaurant in July of 2002. When we opened, we hoped for a few people to come in and eat. We were not expecting an instant success.
“We opened on a Friday and by Sunday evening we closed early, because we ran out of food,” Horn said.
Little Big Horn was not the only restaurant experience Elaine had.
“We bought Mike’s Family Restaurant and turned it into the Liberty Cafe. We had that for 3 years,” she said.
If not for the Liberty Cafe, Horn may have never entered her hat into the political ring.
“At the Liberty Cafe we had this group of gentlemen come in for coffee all the time.
“One of them, Bill Carey, who was a councilman at the time, decided he wasn’t going to run again. He asked me if I was willing to run for his seat. I laughed at him at first. I thought that nobody knew who I was.
“There were three other people running and I didn’t think I had a chance. To my surprise I won. I had never in my life dreamed I would go into politics,” Horn said.
She added, “I was on for two years and I was then re-elected to a new two year term. In the second year of my second turn I was voted in as Mayor Pro Tem.
“It wasn’t very long before Mayor Bob Wasson passed away. I finished up his final 11 months and then I was elected to my own four year term.”
Horn was asked if she has enjoyed her experience as mayor.
“I have really enjoyed it. Most of the job is what I expected. There are always a few surprises,” Horn said with a smile.
Elaine has been married to Tom Horn since 2001. She has a daughter, Jennifer, from a previous marriage. She also has one stepson, Justin Horn, and a step-grandson named Jackson.
In the very small amount of free time she has away from her mayoral duties, Elaine has a variety of things she enjoys doing.
“I love to bake. It is one of my favorite things to do. I also love to travel.
Horn was asked where is her favorite place to travel.
“I love the Bahamas. They were very pretty,” she said.
She added, “I love to read. I love a good mystery. It is very relaxing. I love the fact that our public library now has e-books, but sometimes I still love to have a book in my hands.”