Two named to city’s Civil Service Board

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen last week filled two vacancies on the city’s Civil Service Board.

Aldermen voted unanimously to appoint attorney Devin Sauer and former Alderman Richard Breeding to the Civil Service Board. They will serve alongside incumbent board Chair Carol Wagner.

Sauer, a Ward 3 resident, practices law at his own firm, Shapiro, Spaeth & Sauer, in Clayton. He previously has not served on a city board or commission.

“Generally, I am interested in providing public service to our community,” Sauer stated on his volunteer interest form. “Specifically, I would like to lend my extensive experience as a practicing attorney to aid in creative problem solving and practical conflict resolution to the commission and the city of Crestwood.”

Breeding served as Ward 1 alderman from 1998 until 2007, when term limits kept him from running again for re-election. He is a benefits analyst for Smurfit-Stone and previously has worked for Anheuser-Busch and McLeodUSA.

He will step down from his seat on the city’s Zoning Adjustment Board to serve on the Civil Service Board.

“I was asked to be on this committee due to my background in (human resources), prior public service in Crestwood and the desire to move Crestwood forward,” Breeding wrote on his volunteer interest form. “I would hope to accomplish smooth relations for city employees and to keep this board out of the constant drama that seems to follow it.”

Sauer and Breeding replace former Civil Service Board members Steve Knarr and Kevin King.

Knarr, a former Ward 2 alderman, was appointed last month to serve as the Planning and Zoning Commission’s architectural representative. King was appointed in January to serve a three-year term on the Sappington Square Community Improvement District Board of Directors.