Jason Vaughn became Mission’s newest member of the city council Wednesday night. Vaughn was recommended by a three-member panel which interviewed six candidates for the vacancy.
The interview committee’s recommendation was unanimous, according to Mayor Steve Schowengerdt, as was the confirmation by the full council. Also on the interview panel with the mayor were council president Dave Shepard and Pat Quinn, the other Ward 1 councilor.
Vaughn replaces former councilor Steve Lucas who resigned because of a job move to St. Louis. The unexpired term runs to 2018. Vaughn has worked for DST systems since 2003, currently as a global relationship executive. He has lived in Mission for approximately eight years.
This is the first civic office for Vaughn, but he has done volunteer work in a DARE program and at a humane society. “Giving back (to the community) is part of who I am,” Vaughn said, and is part of his family heritage. The new councilor described himself as a “detail oriented guy” and said he would like to “understand the landscape” before he expresses opinions on current city issues.
Vaughn earned a master’s in business administration in 2005 from Baker University and a bachelor’s in philosophy from UMKC in 2002. He lives on Reeds Road.
The other candidates who submitted applications fro the open seat included Sue Grosdidier, a former council member and former city clerk in Mission; Paul Waldrop, retired from KCP&L; An Lane, a project coordinator for Samsung; Scott Babcock, a current planning commission member; and William Sifuentes, retired from United Parcel Service.