PINEVILLE, MO.--- The City of Pineville is preparing to welcome a new mayor to office after Tuesday's elections. The new mayor is not a stranger to Pineville at all. Gregg Sweeten has been living in Pineville for the past 20 years. He currently serves as the city's fire chief, emergency management director, north ward alderman and now he will be known as Mayor Sweeten.
"I love serving the citizens of Pineville," said Gregg Sweeten, Pineville Mayor-Elect.
Gregg Sweeten beat three official candidates for Pineville mayor. By 10 votes, he won as a write-in candidate for Tuesday's mayoral election. Pineville's deputy clerk says something like this hasn't happened in 25 years.
"In the last 25 years for the City of Pineville, a write-in has never won as mayor," said Amanda Crawford, Pineville Deputy Clerk.
To Sweeten, it's all just numbers. It turns out, the new mayor is no stranger to Pineville. Not only did he serve as Pineville mayor 14 years ago, he currently serves as the city's fire chief, a north ward alderman, and as the emergency management director.
"We have some plans that we've been working on. We need to enlarge our sewer plant. We have to run some more sewer line to some property. We've been working on some things already. And I want to make sure we continue those and continue a forward progression," said Mayor-Elect Sweeten.
The City of Pineville will officially welcome its new mayor Thursday at a swearing-in ceremony. He says he's simply ready to continue serving the city he loves.
"I think Pineville has a lot of potential. You know we have the new interstate here. We have our annual Jesse James Day here. You know there's just a lot of good people here and I really enjoy serving them and i wanted to step that up a bit," said Mayor-Elect Sweeten.
Mayor-Elect Sweeten says running as a write-in is very hard work. Along with a lot of people's help, they were able to get the job done.