Waynesville mourns passing of long-time aldermanWritten by Julia Merchant
Waynesville Alderman Kenneth Moore passed away Monday (March 2) after a heart attack. He was 74.
Moore was the former police chief of the town of Hazelwood, and had been an alderman since 1995. He was serving his fourth term.
“All of us are devastated that this community has lost such a fierce advocate,” said Alderman Libba Feichter. “He didn’t say a lot, but was absolutely, fiercely loyal to his community.”
Colleagues remembered Moore as someone who genuinely cared about, and went to bat for, the people he worked with and served.
“His belief was rules are rules, but people are people — and people are more important than rules,” said Mayor Gavin Brown.
Moore went out of his way to show interest in the lives of people who knew him. Town Clerk Phyllis McClure remembers that when her grandson fought cancer, Moore never missed a chance to call and check on him.
“He was always looking out for citizens, town employees, and their families,” said McClure. “We really will miss him.”
Feichter said Moore was a tireless advocate for town employees.
“He wanted to make sure that they caught every break, that we made sure they were cared for, and that their salary was fair and equitable,” she said. “He was just a fierce advocate for those people and the people of his community.”
Though Moore’s seat is now empty, his legacy lives on. Brown credited Moore as the first to pitch the construction of new fire and police departments. Moore was able to see his goals realized —the fire department was completed last year, and construction of the police department is well underway.
The other four members of the town board will appoint Moore’s replacement, who will serve until the next regular town election.