David Bower, former two-term mayor of Raytown and a leader on regional transit initiatives, has been named to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners. Jackson County Executive Frank White appointed Bower last week to represent Jackson County.
Bower, 61, has more than 25 years of public service experience, including two terms as Raytown mayor from 2007 to 2015. During his time as mayor, Bower was actively involved in efforts promoting regionalism. He served as a board member of the Mid-America Regional Council from 2008 to 2015, including three years as an executive board member.
He currently serves as a member of the Regional Transit Coordinating Council, which maps out transit strategy for the Kansas City area. In 2008, Bower was a co-leader in a regional effort to organize local elected officials to develop feasible transit plans.
As mayor, Bower overhauled the city’s police pension plan to save hundreds of thousands of dollars. He also focused the city’s attention on redevelopment efforts to expand the city’s tax base in the long term. Bower has a bachelor’s degrees in architecture and construction science from Kansas State University.