A Belton coach is the city’s next mayor.
Belton City Councilman Jeff Davis took more than 56 percent of the vote in the April 2 municipal election against opponents Bobby Davidson, who earned 39.9 percent, and Ricky Patel, who gathered 3.3 percent of the votes.
Davis, 60, will replace Mayor Pro Tem Gary Lathrop who has held the seat since former Mayor Jimmy Odom stepped down in January to become a Cass County Associate Commissioner after seven years in office.
Along with a new mayor, residents elected two new councilmembers – Jeff Fletcher in Ward 1, and Chet Trutzell in Ward 2.
“Some good people got voted in this time,” Davis said. “I interpreted that as people are calling for a change, and I think we need to change the way we do business. I think my background will help a lot and we can change some things in a productive and positive way.”
Davis has represented residents on the city council since 2008.
After a long career as an educator, Davis retired as a school administrator at Belton Academy in 2011, but has since remained coaching wrestling and softball for the Belton School District.
Among for his top priorities for his community, Davis said he wants to create a sense of urgency in dealing with the economic deficiencies in Belton.
“We need to rebuild our reserves to keep us from the financial cliff,” he said. “We have to change the way we do business to survive in a highly competitive market.”
Raymore Mayor Peter Kerckhoff was reelected to another term in office in Cass County’s fastest growing community on Tuesday.
Kerckhoff, 56, beat off rival Ward 3 Councilman Jeffrey Adams for a three-year term after gaining 77.7 percent support.
The duo paired off last year during the April election for a special one-year term mayor’s seat to succeed former Mayor Juan Alonzo,.
“It was a decisive win,” he said. “I’m still learning what the role of the mayor is – getting out in the community and getting outside of the community and working with other mayors and seeing what they are doing – seeing what will work well for Raymore.”
During his next term, Kerckhoff said he is looking forward to the development of the North Cass Parkway and Sam’s Club opening in October.
Dewey Henry, 63, will soon be sworn in as Garden City’s next mayor.
He will succeed incumbent Judy Williams who was appointed to the seat in August when her son-in-law stepped down from the office.
Henry captured 68.4 percent of the vote. Williams followed with 24.4 percent and candidate Robert Strotheide with 6.7 percent.
“It’s a very good feeling. I feel that people wanted a change and I hope I can the people the change they want to see,” Henry said.
A lifelong Garden City resident, Henry is a Navy veteran, having served during the Vietnam era, and retired from working at Tru-Value Hardware Store.
He has served the city on the Planning and Zoning Committee, is the commander of the local American Legion, and is president of the Garden City Fall Festival Committee.
As mayor, Henry said he plans to work diligently with the city council to fill some of the community needs, including improved water quality, better police protection, park improvements and getting a pharmacy.