City of Rockaway Beach

2536 State Highway 176 / P.O. Box 315, Rockaway Beach, Missouri 65740 • 417-561-4424

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Mayor & Aldermen

MAYOR – Rex Wood

Mayor Rex Wood grew up on the family ranch in the Cherokee Nation of northeastern Oklahoma. After a nationwide career in fine hotels and resorts, Rex joined his family in real estate, eventually establishing unique properties in Rockaway Beach in 2015. Rex is very active in the Ozark Mountain region involving himself in art foundations, multiple chambers of commerce, and Main Street Missouri Connection.

WARD 1 ALDERMAN - Buck Brown

Buck Brown is native to the Cherokee Nation located in the foothills of the Ozarks. He grew up with three brothers and one sister on a cattle ranch along the shores of the Arkansas River. Buck began a law enforcement career in 1986, serving as a municipal police officer and deputy of Pulaski County. Buck attended the Law Enforcement Training Institute at University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by in-service training at Missouri State Highway Patrol. Law enforcement has long been central to Buck's passions. In addition to serving as an alderman in Ward 1, Buck was appointed Rockaway Beach Police Commissioner in 2015.

WARD 1 ALDERMAN - Ken Ingram

Ken Ingram and his wife Carol moved to their new home off Boys Camp Road in Rockaway Beach about two years ago. Ken and Carol have been married for more than 39 years and moved to Rockaway Beach from Centralia, MO. The native Texan moved his family to Missouri in the 90s after graduating with a master's degree in religious education. Ken, who became a pastor after graduation, also served his community by teaching and working as a business manager. Ken currently works as a licensed mortgage loan originator. Ken and Carol have two children and a granddaughter. Ken serves the local community through his work on the executive leadership team for Bridge of Faith Community Church. He looks forward to hearing residents' concerns and working with local leaders to better serve the community.

WARD 2 ALDERMAN - Russell Anderson

Russell Anderson was an employee of Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 30 years. During this time, I married his beloved bride of over four decades, Jane. They have two children and six grandchildren. After leaving Westinghouse in 1997, Russell started an international foundation, Owiti-Ebenezer Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. They raised funds in the US and Canada to feed, house, clothe and educate orphans in east Africa, specifically Kenya. Russell and Jane escorted Archbishop Silas Owiti and his wife Winnie in their travels in the Americas, and have traveled extensively through the eastern half of the US and sections of Canada, raising funds for the orphans. Russell is now is his second term as alderman, working to improve the city for all the people living in Rockaway Beach. The waste water treatment facility is now an asset and not a curse. The board passed a comprehensive planning and zoning ordinance, something is important to citizens and investors.

WARD 2 ALDERMAN - Jim Harriger

Jim Harriger and his wife Mary moved to Rockaway Beach more than two years ago. Jim retired after spending 45 years working with inner-city missions, spending the last 23 years leading Springfield Victory Mission in Springfield. Jim worked with large and small city governments to solve community issues. Jim currently serves as the director of White River Community Development and also serves as a committee member for the Rockaway Main Street organization. Jim and Mary enjoy working with Bridge of Faith Community Church, serving the local community, and spoiling their six grandchildren.