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April 12, 2010

Fairview mayor to be sworn in

Oliver prevails with write-in votes

By Derek Spellman

dspellman@joplinglobe.com

FAIRVIEW, Mo. — More than a month after felony stealing charges against him were dismissed, Sid Oliver will be sworn in tonight for another term as mayor of Fairview.

Oliver pleaded guilty in early March to a misdemeanor ethics violation and was assessed probation. Last week, he prevailed in his re-election bid as a write-in candidate, mustering 71 votes to Brandie Parker’s 39. He and two newcomers will be sworn in during tonight’s council meeting.

Oliver said he wasn’t surprised by the outcome, given the number of voters.

“I knew if the turnout was there, it was in the bag,” he said Monday in a phone interview. He had previously said that he ran as a write-in candidate in large part because of encouragement by residents.

Mending divisions within Fairview emerged as a key issue in last week’s election that also saw two newcomers — Anita Savage in the South Ward and Jody Sanders in the North Ward — win seats on the council. Neither of the two incumbents ran for re-election.

Oliver acknowledged that there might be some divisions in Fairview, but he said he thinks he has the support of a majority of the residents.

“I think it will take a little bit to get back together,” he said.

Oliver said he thinks the completion of an audit of city finances will “open the eyes” of many in the community. The city clerk, Geneva Snyder, has been on unpaid suspension since February, pending the completion of that audit. Efforts to obtain comment from her on Monday were unsuccessful. A listed phone number for her could not be found.

The city has selected CPA Group, of Monett, to perform the audit. Oliver said the firm has started the work.

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