mayor to run for alderman
Unlike many politicians in similar situations,
interim Parkville Mayor Gerry Richardson never
wanted to be the mayor of his hometown.
"No. I did not ever have the ambition to
be mayor," Richardson told The Landmark on
Monday evening. "My name has come up in the
past, but I've always opted not to.
After Charles Kutz resigned from the position
last month on the heels of a felony driving while
intoxicated charge, Parkville's Board of Aldermen
came calling for Richardson again, appointing
the former Parkville Ward 4 alderman as the city's
And although the position is largely viewed as
ceremonial, Richardson had to exercise his tie-breaking
vote powers in his very first meeting.
"Some mayors go their entire term without
voting," Richardson said. "It took me
only one hour and fifteen minutes to use mine."
And although he claims his vote wasn't anything
earth shattering (the matter was over utilization
of the park for July 4th and the Lewis and Clark
commemorations), Richardson says he has seen enough
since then to reconsider his political ambitions.
Although he will not run for mayor in the upcoming
April 6 election, Richardson announced to The
Landmark his intentions to run for Ward 4 aldermen
as a write-in candidate.
In that ward, Gary Smith has recently pulled
out of the race, leaving Brian Atkinson unopposed
at this time. Richardson said that situation caused
him to think about a run for office.
"I think it's good to have two candidates
running for any office, but more importantly,
I've seen some things in the past two weeks that
I want to help the city achieve," Richardson
said. "When I look at what's going on in
Parkville, I'm excited and invigorated by things.
It's gotten me fired up to get back into it.
Richardson said he considered serving as the
interim city administrator after Pat Hawver, the
longtime city administrator of Parkville, decided
to accept a government position in Kansas City.
He points to his engineering background and management
experience as qualifications for that job, but
he says in his current job they've also come in
The upcoming tax levy increase of $0.190 cents
per $100 of assessed valuation, already on the
ballot for the city's consideration on April 6,
is one such issue. He also said the city was in
the position to save "serious money"
in future financing for its sewer improvements.
"My job is to understand that and to take
information to the public," Richardson said.
"I need to show them why it's in their best