Moline Acres Mayor Elected President of
Missouri Municipal League

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Municipal League (MML) elected city of Moline Acres Mayor Michele DeShay as President during the organization’s annual conference last week.

Mayor DeShay has served as mayor of Moline Acres in north St. Louis County for 14 years. She previously served three terms (six years) as alderperson and president of the board. During her service to the City, she was recognized by Annie Malone Children & Family Services as one of the Heroines of 2008.

She has been active with the Missouri Municipal League, serving on the MML Environment, Energy and Sustainable Policy Committee since 2010 and on the MML Board of Directors since 2018.

She was recently honored with the 2022 North County Leadership Award from the NAACP St. Louis County Branch.

Mayor DeShay serves as chair of the Fannie Lou Hamer Democratic Coalition of St. Louis County, which advocates for African American elected officials, candidates for office, and those who would like to enter politics. She established the first flagship city of the Infinite Scholars Program in the U.S. the program is designed to help youth with their education and attend college, and has since expanded to the cities of Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta.

DeShay is an advocate for men’s health and prostate cancer through The Empowerment Network (T.E.N.). She is a member of the Teamsters National Black Caucus, the Teamster’s Women’s Caucus, and the Missouri Attempt. DeShay also works to raise awareness to mental health after the suicide of her son Cedric.

Mayor DeShay is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and 1980 graduate of Normandy High School. She is a retired Teamster (Local 688).

She is married to Dennis DeShay. They have two children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She attends New Northside Missionary Baptist and enjoys time with family, traveling, making jewelry and her church.

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