Monett City Council appoints third commissioner

Saturday, April 3, 2021
Ken Gaspar, left, took the oath of office for his seat on the Monett City Council on Thursday morning. Gaspar replaces former commissioner Jerry Dierker, who died while in office. Gaspar will serve until April 2024. Melonie Roberts/

Gaspar tapped to fill role left vacant by death of Dierker

Monett City Council Commissioners have appointed a third member to fill the vacancy left by the unexpected death of former commissioner Jerry Dierker on March 20.

Ken Gaspar was appointed to fill the position on Thursday, with his official duties as a commissioner beginning Monday.

Gaspar, who works for Jack Henry and Associates in Monett, has been involved in many community and civic organizations, serving on the Monett School Board from 2011-2017 and again from 2018 to the present, serving as both president and vice president while in that office. He has served on the Environmental Assessment, 1 World Technology and the Performing Arts Center committees, and served as treasurer and concessions director to the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League from 2006-2019. He has also participated in and graduated from Monett Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Monett program, served on the City of Monett’s Vision 2030 Flood Mitigation Working Group, and as the public address announcer for Monett High School sports since 2010. He was the 2015 recipient of the Monett Chamber of Commerce’s Pride and Progress Award.

“With his diverse and lengthy background of community service and volunteerism, Mr. Gaspar will serve with distinction on the Monett City Council and represent the interests the citizens of Monett,” said Mayor Mike Brownsberger.

“I am deeply honored,” Gaspar said. “I don’t think I can live up to what Mr. Dierker has done, but I will do my best to live up to a portion of what he has done for the community.”

Gaspar’s term will end April 2, 2024.

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