Nolan to file for Sunset Hills mayor

Bill Nolan

Bill Nolan

Former Mayor William J. “Bill” Nolan Jr. has announced he will file for Sunset Hills mayor in the April 5 election.

Before being elected mayor in 2010, Nolan served as a Ward 1 alderman. He was re-elected mayor in 2012.

During his first term as mayor, a category EF3 tornado with winds near 150 mph ripped through Sunset Hills on Dec. 31, 2010. The tornado tore a path of destruction from just east of the Fox Bridge subdivision along West Watson Road through the South Lindbergh Boulevard intersection, but resulted in less than a handful of minor injuries and no fatalities.

In response to the devastation, the city’s Tornado Assistance Fund raised $254,000 to aid those impacted by the tornado.

Also during Nolan’s tenure as mayor, residents voted to retire a prior capital improvement bond issue and save additional interest on the bonds, freeing up the capital improvement tax for future use.

While serving as mayor, Nolan was elected to the St. Louis County Municipal League Board of Directors. He also was president of the Suburban Mayors, a group of municipalities with less than 10,000 residents.

In 2014, Nolan was unopposed for re-election, but was defeated by Mark Furrer, who launched a write-in campaign for mayor two weeks before the April 8 election. Furrer hired a political consultant, Show Me Victories, to assist him with his campaign.