Mayor James seeks to properly recognize Mayor Kay Barnes

A task force appointed by Mayor James will guide efforts to honor Mayor Barnes for her herculean efforts to revitalize downtown

Mayor Sly James announced today his appointments to a task force that will assist him in properly honoring Mayor Kay Barnes for her transformative work in our City’s downtown. The group will hold its first meeting on July 2nd at 10 am on the 17th floor of City Hall and the meeting schedule and scope of work will be determined at that first gathering. Members of this task force are:

Porter Arneill – Municipal Art Commission Director/Public Art Administrator

Dr. Brenda Bethman – Director, UMKC’s Women’s Center and partner in the Women’s Empowerment (WE) Initiative

Cindy Circo – Mayor Pro-Tem

Bill Dietrich –  President and CEO of Downtown Council

Wendy Doyle – President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and partner in the Women’s Empowerment (WE) Initiative

Ed Ford – Councilman, 2nd District at-Large

Herb Kohn – Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP

Michael Lintecum – Executive Director of Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce/Producer of AIDS Walk KC

Dr. Linda Moore – Psychologist, author and speaker

Cici Rojas – President and CEO of Central Exchange and partner in the Women’s Empowerment (WE) Initiative

“For decades to come, Kansas City will reap the benefits of Mayor Barnes efforts to transform downtown,” said Mayor James.  “That type of impact and vision is worthy of substantial recognition.  Now that I have an office on the 29th floor of City Hall, I marvel at what she accomplished more than ever.  Furthermore, I’m committed to elevating Mayor Barnes’ legacy so that our next generation of female leaders see what is possible and understand just how much she helped change our view of what our City could be.”

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152