The ATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from Missouri and five from Kansas. Commissioners are limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Responsibility for the management, control and operation of the Authority and its properties is vested in the Board. The Board exercises its responsibility by adopting all general policies of the Authority, including the adoption of annual capital and operating budgets, the establishment of the goals of the Authority, and the selection of a General Manager. The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the General Manager for the management and operation of the Authority.
From the inception of the ATA in 1965 until 2000, the Governor of Kansas appointed commissioners, subject to confirmation by the State Senate and the Kansas Commissioners representing Johnson and Leavenworth counties. In 2000, the process was changed so that these two commissioners are now appointed by their respective county commissioners.
The other three Kansas commissioners, representing the Wyandotte County jurisdiction, have always been appointed by the Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, now known as the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. However in 2000, the process changed to include a requirement that these appointments must be approved by the City Commissioners.
The Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor appoints three of the five Missouri Commissioners, including a direct appointment that must be a Kansas City, Mo., resident. The Clay and Platte County Commissioners will each submit a list of three eligible candidates for the Mayor’s consideration.
The Jackson County Executive appoints a Commissioner from a community, other than Kansas City which contracts with KCATA for service. The other Missouri Commissioner must reside in Cass County, be nominated by that county’s commission, then be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.
Robbie Makinen, Chairman, Jackson County, Missouri
Jackson County Government Director Intergovernmental Affairs/Economic Development
Steve Klika, Vice Chairman, Johnson County, Kansas
CEO of International Motor Coach Group
A.J. Dusek, Secretary, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Safety & Training Coordinator for Public Works, Unified Government
Michael Short, Treasurer, Platte County, Missouri
Oppenheimer and Co., Kansas City, Missouri
Irene Caudillo, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Swope Health Services
George Huvendick, Leavenworth County, Kansas
Retired Engineer and Business Owner
Jim Klobnak, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jackson County, Mo.
Gary Mallory, Cass County, Missouri
Presiding Commissioner of Cass County
Thomas E. Sims
Clay County, Missouri
James White, Kansas City, Kansas
Retired Administrator for Kansas City, Kansas, School District
The Board of Commissioners meets monthly, on Wednesdays, in the Breen Administration Building, 1200 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64108. Meetings begin at 12:00 p.m.
Schedule of meetings for 2013:
Meetings are held in the Large Conference Room of the Howard C. Breen Administration office.