The Truesdale MO board of aldermen appointed a Wentzville lawyer to be its city attorney after its previous counsel was made a judge.
Truesdale alderman unanimously approved naming Wentzville-based attorney Amber Bargen as the new city attorney during its Jan. 24 meeting.
Bargen replaces Katie Joyce, who stepped down from the role in November shortly before becoming an associate judge of the 12th circuit.
Joyce was the person who suggested that Bargen might be a good fit for the role. Bargen has served as the city attorney for Jonesburg, which Joyce said made her a good fit in Truesdale.
“Jonesburg also has that kind of ‘we take care of our own’ attitude that’s very important to Truesdale,” Joyce said. “They have been great to their citizens, to anyone who comes before the board, always very considerate and open. And so I think Amber will do a fantastic job of encouraging that same atmosphere.”
Bargen’s contract with the city will pay her $1,950 per month as a retainer and an additional $250 per hour for all legal services.
Her practice includes legal services for traffic law, estate planning, juvenile law, adoptions, guardianships, school and special education law, criminal law, uncontested family law, and business formation.
She had served as Truesdale’s interim city attorney since Joyce’s departure.
“I’ve kind of gotten my feet wet with the issues that Truesdale has over the past month,” Bargen said. “Everything has been similar to what I’ve done with Jonesburg.”
Bargen is also familiar with the area, having grown up in Wright City and serving as a guardian ad litem in the Warren County Courts.
She’s looking forward to serving the residents of Truesdale as she continues her service in the county.
“The issues that are faced in a growing community like Truesdale are very interesting in reporting to work as an attorney,” she said. “I’m just excited to serve the city of Truesdale.”