Community leaders from northeast Johnson County and beyond gathered in Prairie Village last night to thank departed mayor Ron Shaffer for 26 years of public service to the city.
More than 250 people — including Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn, County Commission Chair Ed Eilert, Fairway Mayor Jerry Wiley, Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt, and former area County Commissioner Ed Peterson — attended the reception in Shaffer’s honor in the Meadowbrook Country Club clubhouse. Laura McConwell, the former Mission mayor Shaffer defeated in the November election for the county commission seat was on hand as well.
City Administrator Quinn Bennion emceed a ceremony in which a number of Shaffer’s colleagues from the past quarter century reflected on Shaffer’s tenure, the longest for a mayor in the city’s history.
Among them were Mid-America Regional Council Executive Director David Warm and Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan, who recited a cheeky poem (our favorite line: “Sorry to disappoint those who thought this was going to be a roast, but I cannot afford for my words to be reprinted on the Prairie Village Post”).
The event program noted a number remarkable figures from Shaffer’s time in office. Over the course of his time as an elected official in the city, he attended 677 city council meetings and 800 committee meetings taking up an estimated 2,216 hours. He issued 240 proclamations, executed 2,802 contracts, and made 796 appointments or reappointments. And over all those years he took home a total of just $26 in compensation from the city.
Shaffer was sworn in to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Monday.