Sally Faith began her second term as Mayor of St. Charles in April 2015. She previously represented St. Charles County (District 15) in the Missouri House of Representatives. Mayor Faith served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the St. Charles County Council District 5, and served on the first Board of Trustees for St. Charles Community College. Previously, Mayor Faith worked as Director of Development for the St. Charles Community College Foundation and Director of Marketing for Whitmoor Country Club.
In addition to her duties in St. Charles, Mayor Faith is a member of the St. Charles Transit Authority, Athena Leadership Foundation, the Rotary Club of St. Charles, and the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. She also served on the Board of Directors of Bridgeway, Focus St. Louis, Connections to Success, New Frontier Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and the Foundry Art Centre.
Throughout the course of her career, Mayor Faith has been awarded the Local Government Award by the Dove Foundation, and the Crider Mental Health Heroes Award. She was also an Athena Foundation recipient, a Graduate of Leadership St. Louis, and a Graduate of Leadership Missouri.
Born in Fresno, California, Mayor Faith lives in St. Charles. She has one son, Howard.
During her tenure as Mayor, Ms. Faith has accomplished and overseen a number of significant development projects in the City of St. Charles, including:
- Streets of St. Charles - A distinctive 1 million square foot, mixed-use community with retail, dining, entertainment, hospitality, residential and office components. Conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstate 70 and 5th Street, streets of St. Charles represents the city's virtual front door.
- University Commons - A mixed-use development with a Schnucks market as the primary anchor. Located directly across the street - on 1st Capitol Drive - from Lindenwood University, this new development will provide the perfect balance providing easy business access for residents and visitors while also catering to students, faculty, and staff.
- Fifth Street Gateway - This project creates a legacy for the 5th Street corridor leading into St. Charles from Interstate 70; project is part of the district redevelopment plan for the city and includes planning roadway and streetscape improvements on 5th Street from Bass Pro Drive to 1st Capitol Drive.
- Blanchette Bridge - A $63 million major rehabilitation of the 1958-era westbound Interstate 70 leg of the bridge; Mayor Faith was the key contact between the city and MoDOT on this project ensuring solid collaboration between St. Charles city, St. Charles County and the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. The project was completed ahead of schedule and rededicated in August 2013.
In 2012, Mayor Faith was instrumental in championing four local propositions enabling the city to move forward on key service and infrastructure projects requiring general obligation bonds for financial support, including a complete renovation of the city hall garage, the inception of a new public works facility and a new fire station, both on the north end of town. She manages and oversees an annual budget of $115 million, serves at the helm of nearly 500 staff members and a leadership team divided equally between women and men.
Mayor Faith was instrumental in working with the St. Charles City Council to pass a Smoke-Free Air Act in the City of St. Charles; legislation was enacted during the 4th quarter of 2013. She also hosts two annual charitable events - a charity ball and a charity golf tournament - raising much-needed funding for local non-profit organizations in St. Charles County.
St.Charles Role in the County & State
St. Charles serves as the county seat of the state's fastest growing county, at a population of 65,794 is the 9th largest city in the state of Missouri, and is the 3rd largest city in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. St. Charles is also home to two unique historic districts - St. Charles Historic District (Main Street) and Frenchtown Historic District.
Established in 1769, St. Charles has the distinction of being the oldest city on the Missouri River, and the 3rd oldest city in the state. St. Charles served as the organization point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804, and later served as the first capitol of the new state of Missouri from 1821 to 1826. The city continues to be a vibrant destination in this region welcoming over one million visitors annually.