League of Kansas Municipalities honors Bonner mayor
Bonner Springs Mayor Clausie Smith received the League of Kansas Municipalities’ E.A. Mosher Excellence in Local Government Award Monday at the league’s annual conference in Wichita.
The award is presented annually to an elected city official who has not only demonstrated outstanding service to his or her own city, but has also shown an active commitment to strong local government and service to the League of Kansas Municipalities. Named in honor of E.A. Mosher, League Director from 1960 to 1991, it is the highest award the LKM bestows.
Smith, who was nominated by the Bonner city staff, said the award was a great honor and completely unexpected.
“I was totally shocked and surprised; it’s very rare to find me speechless, but I really was,” Smith said. “It’s nice to get recognized for the work you do for the city... I’m very proud to serve this city and proud of what we’ve done, and want to continue doing the best we can.”
Those who receive the award must have held an elective office for a minimum of four years; demonstrated contributions that have had a significant impact on the quality of life of the citizens of his or her city; demonstrated contributions in promoting positive intergovernmental relationships; and shown involvement with LKM.
Edwardsville Mayor John “Tiny” McTaggart also was recognized for his Mayor of the Year award, which he received in May, at the conference.