Archive for Monday, August 9, 2010

Ward new mayor of Tonganoxie

Jason Ward takes the oath of office Monday from City Clerk Kathy Bard to become mayor of Tonganoxie. Ward presided over Monday's Tonganoxie City Council meeting as president of the council before announcing his decision to accept the position as mayor near the end of the meeting.

Jason Ward takes the oath of office Monday from City Clerk Kathy Bard to become mayor of Tonganoxie. Ward presided over Monday's Tonganoxie City Council meeting as president of the council before announcing his decision to accept the position as mayor near the end of the meeting.

August 9, 2010

Jason Ward maintained the suspense before agreeing at the end of Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting to become the city’s new mayor.

At the start of the meeting, Ward said he wanted to stay in his role as council president so that he could vote on the issues before the council Monday, foremost among them the city’s 2011 budget.

Ward, an attorney by profession, said after the meeting he didn’t come to the new position he was guaranteed to hold until April 2011 with an active agenda. But he felt well positioned to keep the city and the council on its current course.

“Having served in the post of council president gave me a lot of information and reference to try to maintain the status quo of the city and maintain city services,” he said. “I’ve participated in a number of budget years and served on working committees that gave me good direction for going forward with the council.”

In his first two actions as mayor, Ward appointed Chris Donnelly to his open seat on the council and Councilman Burdel Welsh to succeed him as council president. The council unanimously approved both appointments.

Donnelly is a former member of the Tonganoxie Planning Commission. He is also a member of the Tonganoxie Civic Club, on the board of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation and on the Scared Heart Parish Finance Committee.

A banker for 30 years, Donnelly is currently with Country Club Bank of Kansas City. He had his wife, Susan, have three children, two of whom graduated from Tonganoxie High School and one who is still going to school in the district.

Although there was only eight months left in the term, Ward said it was too early to decide if he would seek another four years next spring. Family, professional and council considerations would be weighed when he made that decision, Ward said.

Comments

whatever 4 years, 2 months ago

Well this just shows that our city government is still not fixed. You have a council member who has applied for the police chief position and has been seen with the city administrator at lunch. Now that council member is the president of the council, who is the administrator's boss. The administrator is on the committee to choose the next police chief. Then you have another city employee that is on the committee to choose the police chief. So two people on the committee are to select the next police chief that their boss has applied for. You have a council member who wants to throw stones in a glass house and bring unwanted attention to the city but fails to bring up their troubles with the law since becoming a council person. So can anyone say CONFICT OF INTREST?

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CitizenA 4 years, 2 months ago

I am glad that Mayor Ward has accepted the position! We need someone who is level headed and able to look at the whole picture without being clouded by personal agendas and out for personal gain. Although it would be nice if the city had a real website that was updated on a regular basis...Mike Vestel is not the mayor anymore, you don't think that people look at that after seeing Tonganoxie on KCTV5???

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Old_Vet 4 years, 2 months ago

Whatever, The story published in the Mirror a couple of weeks ago is clear in stating that the search committee is not selecting the new chief of police, it is recommending a list of a couple of candidates for the city council to decide on and hire the next chief of police. I'm certain if Councilman Welsh is on the recommended list he would not participate due to conflict of interest or some such ethical procedure. Your statement above is ill informed and basically flawed from start to finish. The council and the committee will I am sure do a good job and conduct an ethical search.

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dryaylor 4 years, 2 months ago

if the council has done such a good job running the city then why is the city broke one should go to city council meeting and ask the mayor and council.i understand the emergencyfunds has also been depleted

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mymonkey 4 years, 2 months ago

Qualifications for being apponted to the Council 1, Don't attend meetings. 2.Be in same club as Mayor. 3.Wear nice shirt and tie not t-shirts or overalls. 4. Talk the talk and smooze. 5. Be in favor of dumping a million to the county for Rd 1. Really 500k ransom just to get in. 6.Be an advocate of the interest only payment on the industrial park. Oh I forgot about the banker part. 7. Be willing to not have unbiased ideas. LCDC. Yeah. No agenda? Right.

This was good old Chicago politics. I am sure Mayor Obama has no agenda. He did not want to lose vote on road heist.

Tongie loses all around. I feel sorry for working people who actually give a damn.

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straightup 4 years, 2 months ago

Tonganoxie politics at its finest. Put someone in the council that no one as ever voted for. I agree "mymonkey" Good old Chicago politics!

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