Several Citizens Named To Boards and Commissions

Nominations sought for newly established Smart City Advisory Board

Mayor Sly James has named several Kansas Citians to boards and commissions.

“I want to thank these Kansas Citians for agreeing to commit their time and talent to serve the city,” James said. “The work of board members and commissioners is important to efficient city government and to the future of Kansas City.”

In addition, nominations are being sought for the newly authorized Smart City Advisory Board. The board will advise the city in establishing best-practice policies for smart-city technology.

Named in April to boards and commissions:

  • Historic Preservation Commission: Doug Stone.

  • Overlay Design Review Board: Erik Heitman, John Hardin, Judy Johnson and Trish Gayle Martin.

  • Industrial Development Authority: Elizabeth Fast and Ricardo Lopez (reappointments).

  • Transitional Grant Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Planning Council: LaTanya Patton reappointed as chair.

  • Property Maintenance Appeals Board: Deborah Washam and Beverly Cunningham.

  • Chronic Nuisance Board: Tracey Chappell, Santos Ramirez and Chris Brainard.

The Smart City Advisory Board will develop a road map for future smart city applications and will define and monitor performance metrics. Smart city applications combine a communications network, sensor technology and intelligent data management to make cities more dynamic and efficient.

In addition to the Smart City Advisory Board, the mayor is seeking nominations for candidates to serve on the Platte County University Extension Council. Nominees must be a resident of Kansas City and Platte County.

The City of Kansas City is supported by more than 100 boards and commissions. James seeks to appoint citizens with the background, experience, professional skill and demonstrated interest to ensure that boards have strong leadership to accomplish their missions. A list of all Kansas City boards and commissions can be found at

Nominations are made by completing the form at  Persons with questions about nominations and appointments may contact Katherine Randolph, Special Assistant for Operations in the Office of Mayor Sly James, at .

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