O’FALLON – Sixteen years ago Phil Goodwin approached Gary Graham and expressed an interest in running for public office. However, despite serving four terms as O’Fallon’s city clerk, Goodwin had his eye on another position.
“Sixteen years ago I decided I wanted to be an alderman. I approached Gary [Graham] who was finishing up his first term as mayor then and I told him I wanted to run for alderman. He stopped and thought for a moment and told me ‘Phil, the city clerk is retiring. Why don’t you consider running for clerk’,” Goodwin said. “My first thought was ‘What does the clerk do’. I was like most people in that I knew a little about government. Most people might know their mayors name, fewer maybe know their alderman’s name. I thought about it and came into the office to see what it was all about.”