Jackson County Executive on the
passing of William F. Waris

 September 18, 2007 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Upon hearing the news of the death of former Jackson County Executive William F. Waris, County Executive Michael D. Sanders extends his thoughts and condolences to the Waris Family.

County Executive Sanders said, “On behalf of all Jackson County employees, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the Waris family. Our thoughts are with you.” Sanders added, “Bill Waris was a very industrious public servant who accomplished many things and tackled significant issues in his years as Jackson County Executive that we are still reaping the rewards of today. None of the work we are doing today on the Truman Sports Complex leases would be possible without the early foundation that Bill helped to set in place.”

Waris was Jackson County Executive for two four-year terms (1983 – 1990). He was the first (and to date, only) person to serve as both, Chairman of the Jackson County Legislature and Jackson County Executive. During his tenure as Executive he was instrumental in the initial adoption of Jackson County's Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT); negotiated the first extension of the County’s lease agreement with the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs assuring their homes in Jackson County until 2015; and oversaw the opening of both Longview Lake and Blue Springs Lake.

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