January 25, 2011
Jim Schultz, councilmember at-large and mayor pro tem for the city of Independence, Mo., was elected chair of the MARC Board of Directors at its board meeting Jan. 25. Schultz replaces Unified Government Commissioner Tom Cooley, who completed a two-year term in the position.
Schultz has served on MARC's board since April 2002. He served as 1st Vice Chair for the past two years and also served on the board's Budget and Personnel Committee and its Regional Leadership Awards selection committee.
Schultz was elected to the Independence City Council in 2002. He has a long history of community involvement including serving as president of the Kiwanis and Sertoma clubs of Independence and as a member of the Independence Chamber of Commerce and a mentor for YouthFriends. He has worked as an agent for Shelter Insurance for more than 26 years.
“It is a unique honor to serve in this position because the chair has a view of the interconnectedness of the region. I am happy to pass the gavel on to Councilman Schultz,” said Cooley. “He is ably qualified to help us continue working together across city and county lines to achieve better our goals. Jim has the full confidence of his fellow board members and will do an excellent job.”
Former MARC Board Chair and Independence Mayor Barbara Potts spoke of Councilman Schultz's dedication. "Jim will do a wonderful job in this position. He is a dedicated public servant and I am proud to have him representing Independence at MARC."
Other officers elected at the January 25 meeting are:
1st Vice Chair — Councilmember Marge Vogt, Olathe, Kan.
2nd Vice Chair — Councilmember Jan Marcason, Kansas City, Mo.
Treasurer — Commissioner Ed Peterson, Johnson County, Kan.
Secretary — Commissioner Kathy Dusenbery, Platte County, Mo.
The Mid-America Regional Council serves as the association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. MARC is a voluntary association that strives to foster better understanding and cooperation in addressing issues that extend beyond the jurisdiction of a single city, county or state, such as transportation, emergency services, environmental issues and a host of other regional issues. Through MARC's leadership, area jurisdictions and diverse community interests address the region's problems and its opportunities. These efforts also enhance the effectiveness of local government.
The MARC Board of Directors consists of 33 locally elected leaders from the nine member counties and the six largest cities in the region, as well as representatives from other cities in the area. The member counties are Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth Miami and Wyandotte in Kansas. The six largest cities are Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., Overland Park, Kan., Olathe, Kan., Lee's Summit, Mo., and Independence, Mo.
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