Tonganoxie city offices to be closed in remembrance of Ford
City offices and the Tonganoxie Public Library will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Mayor Dave Taylor decided Friday afternoon to close the offices on Tuesday, Jan. 2, in remembrance of former President Gerald Ford, who died Dec. 26 at age 93.
City and county offices will be closed Monday, as well, because of New Year's.
According to Leavenworth County Commission Chairman Dean Oroke, county offices will remain open on Tuesday.
Taylor said he was taking the step in accordance with an executive order by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, which said:
WHEREAS, former President Gerald Ford helped our country heal in its time of great difficulty; and
WHEREAS, President Ford's leadership and courage were evident throughout his long career in public service as a member of the House of Representatives and as Vice President; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting to honor the great contribution President Ford made to our nation; and
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush has declared Tuesday, January 2, 2007, a National Day of Mourning for President Ford, and has ordered federal offices to be closed; and
WHEREAS, state offices in Kansas were closed to mourn the death of other presidents, including Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Johnson, and Reagan;
THEREFORE, I direct that state offices be closed on Tuesday, January 2, 2007, as a legal holiday in observance of the National Day of Mourning for President Gerald Ford. State offices will reopen Wednesday, January 3.
This document shall be filed with the Secretary of State as Executive Order 06-11, and shall become effective immediately.