County Executive Announces Hiring
of Three Department Directors

September 10, 2007 (INDEPENDENCE, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders today announced the official hiring of three department directors. One is new to Jackson County government and the remaining two have been working in an acting capacity for the last eight months. The three departments affected are Assessment, Parks & Recreation and Finance.

“I am very pleased to welcome these three individuals as members of our Jackson County team,” said Sanders. “They bring many years of proven professionalism and experience to the table and have demonstrated a commitment in helping to build a stronger Jackson County.”

Curtis Koons becomes Jackson County Assessor, responsible for the operations of the Assessment Department, replacing Michael O’Flaherty who retired last week. Koons has served as the elected Cass County Assessor since November 1996. During that time he was responsible for writing and implementing five county assessment maintenance plans. During Koons’ tenure as Cass County Assessor, the County was never out of assessment ratio tolerance, as determined by the State Tax Commission. Koons has also been an active advocate of integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology into the assessment process.

Michele Newman becomes Director of Jackson County Parks & Recreation, having served as Acting Director since January 2007. Newman’s extensive experience with Jackson County Parks & Recreation dates back to 1984 when she was one of four professionals hired to expand the recreational opportunities of the department. This expansion included the addition of two recreational lakes, two marinas, a 27-hole championship golf course, two campgrounds, two beaches and a variety of programs and events. Newman also served as Marketing Supervisor from 1990-2003 and Director of Public Affairs from 2003-2006.

Q. Troy Thomas, CPA, becomes Director of Jackson County Finance, having served as Acting Director since January 2007. Thomas previously served as Jackson County Manager of Finance from 1999-2006, Manager of Administration from 1984-1990 and Chief Deputy Legislative Auditor from 1980-1982. A Certified Public Accountant, Thomas also has extensive experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

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