Kansas City Council Honors County Executive

Resolution Recognizes Frank White, Jr. For Receiving 'Outstanding Kansas Citian' Award

Kansas City Council Honors Frank White, Jr.
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. is surrounded by family and friends during Thursday's Kansas City Council meeting.

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. called receiving the Outstanding Kansas Citian Award from The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City "humbling." The Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the City Council honored White this afternoon with a resolution recognizing him not only for that award, but also for "his numerous accomplishments."

"This is the community where I've spent nearly all of my life," White said in the City Hall council chamber, "and I couldn't be the person I am today without the support of so many good people."

He stressed he intend to continue serving the community "for a long time going forward" as Jackson County Executive.

Kansas City Resolution NO. [R-2016-0054] read as follows:

Recognizing Mr. Frank White Jr. for his numerous accomplishments and his receiving of the Outstanding Kansas Citian Award presented by The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City. 

WHEREAS, White was born on September 4, 1950 in Greenville, Mississippi.  He grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968. White continued his schooling at Longview Community College before going into the workforce; and 

WHEREAS, in 1973, White worked as part of the construction crew that built Kauffman Stadium. White continued a career with the Royals by being one of only three graduates of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy to actually become a Major League Baseball player. Several years later he would be part of the team that led the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series Championship in 1985; and

WHEREAS, White has played a pivotal role in the commencement and later development of the Negro League Baseball Museum by sitting on its National Advisory Board; and

WHEREAS, White is very involved throughout the City of Kansas City. His immersions in local charities such as the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), and KC Medicine Cabinet have widened his dedication to Kansas City beyond baseball; and

WHEREAS, White was elected Jackson County 1st District At-Large Legislator on November 4, 2014, and was appointed County Executive January 11 of this year. White’s appointment to County Executive made him the first African American County Executive in Jackson County; NOW, THEREFORE, 


That the Mayor and Council hereby recognize Frank White Jr. for his significant influence on the City of Kansas City to instill a sense of family and volunteerism throughout the community; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Frank White Jr., County Executive of Jackson County, Missouri, in token of the appreciation of the Mayor and Council for many years of dedicated service and their best wishes for all the years to come.

Frank Thanks The Council
County Executive Frank White, Jr., his wife Teresa at his side, thanks Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the City Council for honoring him with a resolution that recognized him for instilling "a sense of family and volunteerism throughout the community."