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  Reardon, John "Jack"
NameJohn "Jack" Reardon
Kansas City, Kansas , United States
Born August 23, 1943
DiedNovember 25, 1988 (45 years)
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 12, 2015 09:27pm
InfoJohn E. (Jack) Reardon, a Democrat, was elected Mayor April 1, 1975, the age of 31. He became the youngest Mayor in the Kansas City Kansas history.
In his first term, the controversial City convention Center, construction was started on "Constitution Hall."

In 1977, the 30 Stainless Steel Pylons and fountain at 7th and Minnesota Avenue that were installed during the Center-City Project were removed.

In the election of April 3, 1979, Mrs. Patricia Sedlock was the Second Woman Mayoralty Candidate in Kansas City, Kansas. Mayor John E. (Jack) Reardon was reelected.

A movement to change the Form of Government resulted in the formation of a 15-member Advisory Commission.

After its studies, the Commission recommended the Mayor-Council- Administration Plan.

In the election, August 4, 1982, Kansas City, Kansas approved the change in the Form of Government. The new form of government was to be effective April 1983, at which time a Mayor and 6 Councilman were to be elected.

The Primary election was held March 1, 1983. The interest in the election was shown by the number of candidates filing for the offices. There were 7 candidates for the Office of Mayor. For the Council seats of the 6 Districts, there were 57 candidates, of which 9 were women.

In the election of April 5, 1983, Mayor John E. (Jack) Reardon was elected to a third consecutive term. Of the Councilmen, the top three vote-getters will serve 4-year terms; the other three will serve 2-year terms. Staggered four-year elections are to begin in 1985. The Deputy Mayor will serve on a rotation basis based on the number of votes received.

The three highest vote-getters, for the 4-year terms:
District #4 - Ronald Mears
District #1 - Chester Owens
District #3 - Richard Ruiz

Serving the two-year terms:
District #5 - Charles "Bud" Neath
District #2 - Richard Scherzer
District #6 - E. M. "Ed" Alvey

"Under the City Charter, the Mayor is the City's only full-time elected official. He is responsible for developing City Policy, Promoting City Economic Development and Preparing the Annual Budget."

"The City Administrator is responsible for overseeing the day-to- day City Operations."

David Isabell, the City Clerk, served as Interim City Administrator until August 1983 when M. James Medin was selected as City Administrator.

The old City Hall has been closed since May 1973. Ten years later, May 20, 1983, a Committee was formed to decide what to do with the old building. The Landmarks Commission recommended a locally designated Historic District that included the Old City Hall. The Council approved the recommendation.

The Summer of 1983 was the starting time to remove the "art" objects on Minnesota Avenue that were placed there in the Center-City Mall Project. Minnesota Avenue from 6th Street to 8th Street is being widened. The narrow, twisting lanes will be removed.

John E. (Jack) Reardon, the first Mayor to serve under the new Mayor- Council -City Manager Form of Government, was born August 23, 1943 in Kansas City, Kansas. He attended Donnelly College and Rockhurst College.

He previously had been a history teacher at the Arrowhead Junior High School and served as Register of Deeds for Wyandotte County.


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  04/07/1987 Kansas City, KS Mayor Lost 47.56% (-4.88%)
  03/03/1987 Kansas City, KS Mayor - Primary Won 43.74% (+8.71%)
  11/06/1984 KS District 3 Lost 39.94% (-14.83%)
  08/07/1984 KS District 3 - D Primary Won 79.00% (+58.00%)
  04/05/1983 Kansas City, KS Mayor Won 75.97% (+51.95%)
  03/01/1983 Kansas City, KS Mayor - Primary Won 75.59% (+67.20%)
  04/03/1979 Kansas City, KS Mayor Won 70.18% (+40.35%)
  03/06/1979 Kansas City, KS Mayor - Primary Won 51.34% (+33.99%)
  04/01/1975 Kansas City, KS Mayor Won 67.45% (+34.90%)
  03/04/1975 Kansas City, KS Mayor - Primary Won 57.32% (+32.98%)