Robert Piepho was appointed by the Raymore City Council to fill a vacancy left by an outgoing Ward 3 representative during a special meeting Aug. 5.
Piepho, 71, replaces Ward 3 Councilman Richard Hall, who resigned from his position July 26.
The council conducted a public meeting Monday night to interview five applicants for the vacancy at Raymore City Hall.
By majority vote of its remaining members, the Raymore council chose Piepho to fill the unexpired term until the next regular municipal election in April 2014, at which time the seat will be up for election for a two-year term.
“I think it’s an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the council and serving the people of Ward 3,” Piepho said.
In addition to Piepho, residents Janelle Biernbaum, Kyle Ervin, Jay Holman and Marvin Shaw applied and were interviewed for the position.
Piepho is a retired pharmacology professor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he has served as dean of the School of Pharmacy for 24 years. He has been a resident of Raymore for six years.
“We have enjoyed our relocation to Raymore and if there is a way that I can contribute to the welfare of the city, my retired status now allows me the time to do so,” Piepho stated in his application. “I believe that my six years of experience watching Raymore’s growth provides a background for input on continued city planning and development.”
Piefpho’s first council meeting is slated for Monday, Sept. 9.