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Former Bonner mayor selected as KCKCC’s Wyandotte Countian of the Year

August 17, 2015

Former Bonner Springs Mayor Clausie Smith is set to receive this year’s Wyandotte Countian of the Year Award from Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The college will present the award, along with distinguished alumni awards, at its 4.0 Gala in October. The purpose of the Wyandotte Countian of the Year Award is to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Wyandotte community.

Smith has been a part of the Wyandotte community since 1979. He served as a member of the Bonner Springs City Council for eight years before serving as mayor from 2003 to 2013. He currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame and a member of boards of directors for the United Way, the Bonner Springs City Library and Vaughn-Trent Community Services. He is a member of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Kiwanis Club, a member of the Bonner Springs Band Commission, for which he has been concert announcer for 32 years, and a member of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Education Foundation.

Smith has been chairperson of the Tiblow Days celebration for 21 years. He was honored as Kansas Mayor of the Year in 2005 and also received the Ernie Mosier Excellence in City Government Award, the Marion Vaughn Community Service Award and the Kansas Press Association McDill (Huck) Boyd award for community service.

In the past, he has been a member of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce, the Bonner Springs Optimist Club, the Kansas Mayor’s Association, the Wyandotte County Economic Development Inc. and the Mid-America Regional Council boards of directors, the Greater Kansas City Economic Council and the Bonner Springs Centennial Park Committee.

A “newspaper man” for much of his life, Smith owned the Bonner Springs Chieftain until 2000. He is a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America, has coached a variety of sports over the years and was the Bonner Springs High School football statistician from 1981 until 2010. He also created and taught the “Youth in Government” Program at Bonner Springs High School.

“Even after suffering a stroke in 2010, he strove to quickly and fully recover in order to continue to serve the city,” said the nomination letter. “Clausie epitomizes the dedicated small town leader both as an elected official and more importantly as the unofficial leader and touchstone of the community.”

For more information about the 4.0 Gala, contact Dawanna Fangohr at 913-288-7675 or dfangohr@kckcc.edu.

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