Joe Zelle, Democratic Candidate for District 95
Zelle is a first-time candidate running to represent Oakville.
Name : Mr. Joseph R Zelle
Also known as : Joe
Age : 58
Place of residence : 5753 Chatport Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129
Attended college : Yes
College : University Missouri - St. Louis
Degree : BS - Businesss Administration
Year of graduation : 1976
Job titles held : Local Taxpayer Advocate, Senior Commissioners Representative, Chief, Planning and Special Programs Branch
Employers : Internal Revenue Service
Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: State office
Running for position: House of Representatives
Chamber/district: District 95
Previous elective offices : Not previously elected to public office
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : First-time candidate, no previous bids for elective office
Address 5753 Chatport Rd
St. Louis, MO 63129
Website : joezelle.com
Oakville resident since 1989.
Married to Mary (Kay Henson) Zelle for 34 years. Raised 3 daughters in Oakville (Julie (Kyle) Sniegowski, Jen Zelle, and Tricia Zelle). They each graduated from St. Francis of Assisi Grade School, Oakville Senior High School, and MIZZOU
Graduated from Cleveland High School in 1972, and from the University Missouri – St. Louis in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Passed the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination in 1982 and was licensed to practice accounting in Missouri until September 30, 2011.
Retired CPA with 34 years of experience with Internal Revenue Service; including over 25 years as a manager, 8 years with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, and 3 years as the Senior Commissioner’s Representative of the Great Plains Area.
As the Local Taxpayer Advocate for 6 years, served as an independent voice within the IRS for taxpayers in Missouri. Managed a group of 35 employees and we assisted thousands of taxpayers to resolve outstanding problems with the IRS, and provided relief to taxpayers with significant economic hardships. As the Director of Field Systemic Advocacy, lead three groups of employees located throughout the United States where we investigated problems with IRS systems to reduce taxpayer burden and improve efficiencies of IRS processes.
As the Senior Commissioner’s representative, was the IRS senior administrative officer for a seven state region. Resolved conflicts within the IRS, and established a strong working relationship with 8 union chapters throughout the area.
Also served in the following positions:
- President St. Francis of Assisi Athletic Association – 1991 to 1995
- Chair, Finance Committee, Local Federal Coordinating Committee – 2005 and 2006
- Chair, Local Federal Coordinating Committee, Combined Federal Campaign - 2006 and 2007
- Executive Council Member, Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board - FY 2011 and FY 2012
- President, St. Louis Chapter, Professional Managers Association - 2011
- 1st Vice President, Oakville Democratic Organization