Baebler resigns as alderman after move


Dee Baebler

Longtime Sunset Hills Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler will no longer serve in her post after she and her husband moved this month to the city of St. Louis.

Baebler was the longest-serving alderman on the board, serving for a decade after being appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2010 after Bill Nolan was elected mayor.

“Sunset Hills has been and continues to be a wonderful bedroom community. … I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the residents and business owners,” Baebler said in a farewell email sent to the Board of Aldermen in August announcing her upcoming resignation. “I have tried to listen to both sides of issues and to represent the consensus of the residents. … I have enjoyed getting to know and work with my fellow public servants that serve the residents of our city so well.”

Baebler also served as chair of the Economic Development Committee, initiated the Earth Day celebration and participated in the hiring of the current police chief, Stephen Dodge, and the city’s first-ever city administrator, Eric Sterman.

Baebler’s Sunset Hills home was slated to close for sale Monday, Sept. 21. Since Baebler no longer has residency in Sunset Hills, she resigned as alderman as of Sept. 21.

The Sept. 8 meeting was her last.

“I am proud to have been a voice for the people. I tried to keep the residents informed about issues so that I could learn from their input,” said Baebler. “I hope this initiative will continue in the future in my absence. The residents of Sunset Hills deserve no less.”