Second Ward Councilwoman Becca La Strada, who has served on the Sedalia City Council since April 18, 2011, has submitted her resignation to Mayor Stephen J. Galliher, citing health reasons.
Her resignation was made public Friday morning at press conference called by Mayor Galliher. Her term expires in 2015. La Strada’s hand-written letter was dated July 10.
In her letter, (Rebecca) La Strada said that “being 57 is catching up with me so I’m slowing down.” She went on to say her resignation would be effective July 21. She did not attend the work session that was held July 14.
Mayor Galliher said he was personally notified by La Strada on Thursday. “We’re going to miss her a great deal, she’s been a very good asset to the Council, brought a lot of good opinions and thoughts, very good to work with, but she’s decided that she can’t do the job as well as she’d like to, so she wants to turn it over to somebody else until she gets to feeling better,” Mayor Galliher said. “We wish her the best, she’s a great lady, but it saddens me to have to give the information out, but it has to be done on her part.”
La Strada also notified City Administrator Gary Edwards and the rest of the City Council of her decision.
The mayor said he has someone well qualified in mind to fill out the remainder of her term, but needs to confirm before releasing their name. He hopes to have someone in place by the July 21 Council session so there’s no gap in representation in the Second Ward. On June 2, Bonita Nash was sworn in to fill the unexpired term of Second Ward Councilwoman Wanda Monsees, who also resigned to due to health reasons.
La Strada also served as vice chair of the Public Safety Committee. She is a downtown Sedalia resident and business owner, and her son Nick La Strada serves as Pettis County Clerk.