JANUARY 29, 2013 -- Cathy Jolly has a long record of public service, including working as an Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor, Missouri State Representative and Kansas City Councilwoman. Currently, she serves on the Center School District Board of Education.
And now she is returning to the Jackson County courthouse as a Senior Advisor to County Executive Mike Sanders.
"Cathy's talent, experience and knowledge are a great addition to Jackson County government," said Sanders. "Throughout her career, she has been a tireless advocate for the citizens of Kansas City and Jackson County, and I have no doubt that she will continue to do so in this new role."
Jolly will focus primarily on health and public safety issues.
As an assistant prosecutor, she coordinated Jackson County's Drug Abatement Response Team (DART), working closely with law enforcement agencies to close down drug houses. While in the Missouri State Legislature, she sponsored a bill closing a loop hole in the law requiring sex offenders to register and co-sponsored the Senior Care and Protection Act, a comprehensive reform of senior-care regulations. She earned the Missouri Police Chiefs Legislator of the Year Appreciation Award -- just one of several honors that have been bestowed upon her, including the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence's Missouri Public Service Award, the Nurses United Hero of Health Care Award and the Missouri Watch Defender of Patient Safety Award.
Sanders announced that Jolly was joining his administrative staff during the Jackson County Legislature's meeting Monday, January 28. The County Executive also announced that Chief Administrative Officer Fred Siems, who was appointed in 2007, has decided to take a reduced role in the Executive Office.
"Since joining this administration, Fred's skills have been invaluable to our day-to-day operations," Sanders said. "His many years of experience have been vital in turning around our county government and in making sure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely. Although his role will begin to change over time, he will continue to be an integral part of our organization."
Sanders told County Legislators, "Fred has been working 60 to 70 hours a week, so when he says he's going to 21 hours a week that means 39 to 41. We won't be getting Fred full-time officially, but we'll still be getting Fred full-time. He's not a part-time type of person."
County Legislative Chairman Greg Grounds (5th District) noted, "My experience with Fred was that he was thinking about things at 3 o'clock in the morning, but fortunately would not call me until the next day. I have no doubt we'll still be getting a great deal out of Fred.
"All of us who know Cathy, know how great her reputation is for accomplishing things," he continued. "We look forward to having her as part of the county."
While on the Kansas City Council, Jolly worked closely with several county officials to forge an agreement between the city and county to establish the Regional Correctional Center (RCC). Opening the county-operated center, which houses Kansas City municipal inmates, in the summer of 2009 saved Kansas City the estimated $5 million that would have been needed to remodel the city's jail.
Jolly holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the UMKC School of Law in 1998.