Jeff Meyers of Shawnee was recently appointed by the Board of Johnson County Commissioners to serve as a representative to the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District
"I like to be involved in civic and community activities and have a positive impact on people’s lives," Meyers said. "I bring a great deal of civic and community experience and a passion for leadership involvement for continuing positive impact for Johnson County residents."
A teacher and football coach by profession, Meyers retired from the Olathe School District after 34 years, and now teaches in the Independence (Mo.) School District at James Bridger Middle School, and he coaches football at William Chrisman High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary physical education from Kansas State University.
His professional and civic memberships include: serving as a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Shawnee Council #2332, the American Football Coaches Association, the Shawnee Irish American Club, and the Shawnee Sister Cities Committee, where he was a board member.
Meyers served as mayor of the city of Shawnee for 11 years, and as a city councilman in Shawnee for 11 years. He also served on the Shawnee Zoning Board of Appeals for six years, on the BiState Commission for Union Station, and he is a Past Chair for the Council of Mayors for Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
Originally from Kansas City, Mo., his family moved to Olathe in 1973. A resident of Johnson County for 46 years, he and his wife, Susie, currently live in Shawnee.
Meyers was appointed to the Second District seat on the JCPRD board by Johnson County Commissioner Jim Allen. This seat was previously held by Chris Carroll. Meyers' term will run through Jan. 31, 2020. He has also been assigned to the board’s Parks & Golf Courses, and Safety, Heritage & Outdoor Education committees.
"I feel the greatest challenge for JCPRD is keeping up the existing infrastructure in our parks and recreation district and the creation of new infrastructure for the district’s growth," he said. "The greatest strength of JCPRD is the staff and employees that work every day in making JCPRD one of the top park and recreation districts in the nation. My goal is to do my part as a representative of the board to facilitate the continuation of the excellence this district represents."