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James Azeltine is Newest JCPRD Board Member
POSTED: 09/22/2005
James Azeltine of Leawood was recently appointed by the Board of Johnson County Commissioners to serve as the seventh district's at-large representative to the Board of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

"The Parks Board plays an integral part in creating and maintaining the high quality of life that we all enjoy in Johnson County. I look forward to helping continue that tradition," Azeltine said. "Plus, the Parks department has a reputation for being one of the best in the country and I like being around people that are striving for excellence."

Azeltine, a senior vice president at Wachovia Securities in Overland Park, currently serves on the Leawood Planning Commission and is Vice President of the board of Safehome, Johnson County's only domestic violence shelter.

A native of Smith Center, Kan., Azeltine has been a Johnson County resident since 1987 and has lived in Leawood for nearly 13 years. Azeltine and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three children; ages seven, ten, and 13.

Azeltine is a 1986 graduate of Topeka's Washburn University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in public administration. Prior to moving to Johnson County, he worked for the Kansas Bankers' Association. He has been a practicing financial advisor since he moved to the Kansas City area 18 years ago.

Azeltine is a Registered Investment Advisor, a Certified Portfolio Manager, a registered representative of the National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange. He has been listed in Who’s Who Among American Business Leaders, and is a member of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce.

"I think this experience is useful, along with my perspective as a patron of the District and a husband and father of three school-age children," Azeltine said. "I am a stickler for fiscal accountability and making the most of the resources we have. I am impressed by how many of the Parks and Recreation programs are self-funded. I would look for more opportunities to serve the public along those lines."

He steps into a term on the District Board which will run through Jan. 31, 2008.

"My goal as a commissioner is to maintain the current excellence that the district is known for, update some of the older facilities in the parks system, and help to facilitate the process of finding the most beneficial use of the Sunflower Army Ammunition plant," Azeltine said. "I would also like to see a world-class soccer complex built in Johnson County that would serve all levels of play, from recreational to professional."

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