City Council 2019 -2020

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Steven H. Burch, Mayor
Term:  2018 - 2021
Mailing Address:  105 E. Center St., Sikeston, MO 63801
Phone: (H) 573-471-2512 

Steven Burch, MayorSteven H. Burch, a native of Sikeston, graduated from Sikeston High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Business from Southeast Missouri State University. 

Steven has been involved with the family business, Burch Food Service, since 1977.  He has served as President of Burch Food Service from 1999 to present. 

He is a past President of the Sikeston Jaycees, past Rodeo Board Chairman and recipient of the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.  Burch Food Service was recognized by SACC as Business of the Year in 2008.
Burch and his family are members of the First United Methodist Church.  Steven and his wife Tammy have one son, David, who currently attends Wake Forest University.



Ryan Merideth, Council Member At-Large

Term:  2016-2022
Mailing Address:  105 E. Center St., Sikeston, MO  63801 
Phone:  (W)  573-471-3339
Merideth croppedRyan Merideth is a lifetime Sikeston native, graduating from Sikeston High School in 2000.  He then attended Southeast Missouri State University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 2005.  In January of 2007, Meridth began his career as a financial professional at Schumacher Financial Services in Sikeston where he is currently building his practice as a Financial Advisor.

Ryan is a past member and President of the Sikeston Jaycees and has served on the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Board of Directors.  In January of 2015, he was recognized by the Missouri State Jaycees as an Outstanding Young Missourian.  He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Southeast Missouri, Kenny Rodgers Children's Center and the Sikeston Country Club.

Ryan and his wife, Katie, are the proud parents of 3 children:  Wyatt, Ben and Luke.  In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends.

Brian Self, Council Member At-Large

Term:  2017 - 2020
Mailing Address:  105 E. Center St., Sikeston, MO 63801
Phone:  (W) 573-471-3347

Brian SelfBrian Self is a 1986 graduate of Sikeston High School.  After high school, he graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Sports and Business Management.  For the next ten years, Brian made a career in the insurance and banking industries in Paragould, Arkansas where he was active in civic, volunteer, and leadership organizations.  Passionate about his hometown, he and his family moved to Sikeston in 2003 where he began working for First National Insurance Agency.  A few years later, he purchased the business and renamed it Self Insurance Agency. 

Since moving back to Sikeston, Self has been a board member and President of Sikeston Area Youth Baseball League; a member, officer and current president of the Lion's Club; deacon and life group teacher at Miner Baptist Church; a graduate of Leadership Sikeston; an active member of the Sikeston Park Board and a volunteer for various other community activities.  Brian and his wife Dana are the proud parents of Darby, Nate and Camryn.


Brandon Sparks, Council Member - Ward 1
Term:  2019 - 2022
Mailing Address: 201 W.Wakefield Ave., Sikeston, MO 63801
Phone:  (H) 573-472-4800

Sparks croppedBrandon M. Sparks has been a Sikeston resident for over a decade.  He graduated from Three Rivers College with Magna Cum Laude in 2017, with a degree in Business Administration.  He's also a 2017 graduate of the Vision Sikeston class.

In January 2018, Sparks began his career as a property manager for Semo Managment Group in Sikeston.  He currently serves as managing partner/broker associate for Semo Management Group/SMG Realty after obtaining his real esate broker's license in 2016.

Brandon is active with the Sikeston Chamber and very passionate about making continued efforts in improving Sikeston.  He and his wife, Brooke, are proud parents of their young son Cash.  Brandon is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.


Gerald D. Settles, Council Member - Ward 2
Term:  2018 - 2021
Mailing Address: 1307 Columbine St., Sikeston MO  63801
Phone:  573-472-0835
Settles.2015.resizedBorn and reared in Matthews, MO., Councilman Gerald Settles graduated from Southeast Missouri State University.  He attended Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.

Settles retired from Eli Lilly and Company as well as Dow Chemical Company.

Karen R. Evans, Mayor Pro Tem/Council Member - Ward 3
Term:  2018 - 2021
Mailing Address:  105 E. Center St., Sikeston, MO 63801
Phone:  (H) 472-2432

EvansKaren Evans is a graduate of Sikeston High School and Southeast Missouri State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Evans has been employed by Bootheel Counseling Services as the Fiscal Director since July 2006.  She is a member of the Fiscal Officers for the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers and a 2010 graduate of the Sikeston Leadership Program.  Karen is presently on the Habitat for Humanity-Sikeston Area Board of Directors and attends the Illinois Avenue General Baptist Church in Sikeston.   


Onethia T. Williams, Council Member - Ward 4
Term:  2019- 2022
Mailing Address: 1301 W. Murray Lane, Sikeston, MO 63801
Phone:  (H) 573-471-2512
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Onethia Taniel Williams is a Manager of a Day Center in Caruthersville, MO.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family.  Onethia has been happily married to her husband Jimmy for 20 years and they have 4 beautiful children-Davion, Jimela, Jimmy Jr., and Dontrez.  She also has 2 grandchildren-Davion Jr. and Ariel.  

Onethia was born and raised in East St. Louis, IL and graduated from East St. Louis Sr. High School in 1988.  She later attended State Community College where she graduated with her Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degree.  After graduating, she began working as a Coordinator over an Early Intervention Program.  In 2004, Onethia and her family moved to her husband's hometown of Sikeston.  Ms. Williams graduated in 2016 from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Christian Counseling degree.

Onethia attends Cornerstone Baptist Church where she serves as Secretary of the Willing Working Women Ministry, Chairperson of Chat and Chew Book Reading Ministry and a choir member.


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