Dee Baebler is stepping down as Sunset Hills alderman


Dee Baebler

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

Longtime Sunset Hills Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler will no longer serve in her post after she and husband move this month from Sunset Hills to the city of St. Louis. Baebler said she plans to resign Sept. 21.

Baebler is the longest-serving alderman on the board, representing Ward 1 for a decade after then-Ward 1 Alderman Bill Nolan was elected mayor and appointed her to fill his vacant seat in 2010.

“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 of Sunset Hills,” Baebler said in a farewell email sent to the Board of Aldermen at the end of August announcing her upcoming resignation. “I have tried to listen to both sides of issues and to represent the consensus of the residents for the most part. I have enjoyed getting to know and work with my fellow public servants that service the residents of our city so well.”

During her time with the city, 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.

The sale of Baebler’s home in Sunset Hills is scheduled to close Sept. 21, after which she will no longer have residency in the city. She said she plans to resign on that date.

The Sept. 8 Board of Aldermen meeting was her last, though no one mentioned her departure at the meeting.

“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.”

See a photo gallery of Baebler’s time in the city below: