Mayor James Announces 2015-19 Council Committees

July 30, 2015 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Mayor Sly James today appointed leaders and members to 10 City Council committees for the 2015-19 term.

James also named First District (at-large) Councilman Scott Wagner as Mayor Pro Tem. Wagner will serve as mayor when the mayor is absent and will represent the city at various civic and community events.

“The committees I am announcing today not only will handle the day-to-day and week-to-week policy and governance requirements of the city, but also address long-term opportunities for Kansas City,” James said. “I expect — and I believe all Kansas Citians expect — that the City Council focus on ensuring our community is the best in the region and the nation today and in decades to come.”

Committees for the 2015-19 term include Neighborhoods and Public Safety, Planning, Zoning and Economic Development; Transportation and Infrastructure; Finance and Governance; Legislative; Housing; Airport; Ethics and Legal Review; Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Jobs, and Youth Development.

The Youth Development Committees is new this term and will address priorities important to the fabric of the city.

‘Kansas City has so much going for it, especially in entrepreneurship and youth development, but we must not rest on our laurels,” James said. “I will be working closely with all council members to develop a vision, goals and objectives for these and all the committees to ensure the city continues on an upward path.”

Also added since last term are separate Housing and Airport committees. The Housing committee acknowledges the 2013 exit of the Housing Authority of Greater Kansas City from federal receivership. The Airport Committee was reformulated in anticipation of a recommendation regarding terminal facilities at Kansas City International Airport by or before May 2016.

James added that council members, who will take the oath of office on Aug. 1, bring to the city a strong combination of experience, talent and commitment to service.

“We welcome both political newcomers and previous officeholders, all of whom have served the community in varied ways,” James said. “I look forward to watching each council member’s unique contribution be strengthened by our shared deep commitment to making Kansas City great.”

Committees and assignments:

Mayor Pro Tem

First District (At-Large) Councilman Scott Wagner

Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee

Chair: Fifth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Alissia Canady

Vice Chair: Fourth District (At-Large) Councilwoman-Elect Katheryn Shields

Members: Third District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Quinton Lucas

First District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Heather Hall

Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee

Chair: Sixth District (At-Large) Councilman Scott Taylor

Vice Chair: Fifth District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Lee Barnes

Members: First District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Heather Hall

Third District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Quinton Lucas

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Chair: Third District (In-District) Councilman Jermaine Reed

Vice Chair: Sixth District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Kevin McManus

Members: Third District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Quinton Lucas

Fourth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Jolie Justus

Second District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Dan Fowler

Finance and Governance Committee

Chair: Mayor Pro Tem and First District (At-Large) Councilman Scott Wagner

Vice Chair: Fourth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Jolie Justus

Members: Fifth District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Lee Barnes

Sixth District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Kevin McManus

Ethics and Legal Review Committee

Chair: Second District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Dan Fowler

Vice Chair: Fifth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Alissia Canady

Members: Sixth District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Kevin McManus

Mayor Sly James

Legislative Committee

Co-Chair: Fourth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Jolie Justus

Co-Chair: Sixth District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Kevin McManus

Members: Fourth District (At-Large) Councilwoman-Elect Katheryn Shields

Mayor Sly James

Second District (At-Large) Councilwoman-Elect Teresa Loar

Housing Committee

Chair: Third District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Quinton Lucas

Vice Chair: Second District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Dan Fowler

Members: Mayor Pro Tem and First District ((At-Large) Councilman Scott Wagner

Fifth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Alissia Canady

Second District (At-Large) Councilwoman-Elect Teresa Loar

Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Jobs Committee

Chair: Second District (At-Large) Councilwoman-Elect Teresa Loar

Vice Chair: First District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Heather Hall

Fifth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Alissia Canady

Sixth District (At-Large) Councilman Scott Taylor

Third District (In-District) Councilman Jermaine Reed

Airport Committee

Chair: Fourth District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Jolie Justus

Vice Chair: Second District (In-District) Councilman-Elect Dan Fowler

Members: Second District (At-Large) Councilwoman-Elect Teresa Loar

Third District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Quinton Lucas

Youth Development Committee

Chair: Mayor Sly James

Vice Chair: Fourth District (At-Large) Councilwoman-Elect Katheryn Shields

Members: First District (In-District) Councilwoman-Elect Heather Hall

Fifth District (At-Large) Councilman-Elect Lee Barnes

James thanked Wagner for accepting the position of Mayor Pro Tem.

“Councilman Wagner worked very hard last term and shares my commitment to making Kansas City the best. I know he will be an outstanding Mayor Pro Tem,” James said. “The position of Mayor Pro Tem requires additional commitment and extra effort, and I’m grateful for his willingness to take that on.”

The council will be formally inaugurated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., in the 18th and Vine Jazz District. The public is invited to attend.

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Contact: Michael Grimaldi: 816-513-6579 or cell: 816-945-2902