Kansas City police board President Lisa Pelofsky has asked Gov. Jay Nixon to find a replacement for her board seat after serving three years.
Pelofsky was appointed in 2010 to finish the final two years of another board member’s term. Midterm appointees usually remain on the board for a full four-year term after the partial term, but Pelofsky cited family and business concerns as reasons for wanting to step down.
In her letter to Nixon, Pelofsky asked to be replaced before the end of this legislative session. She said she had learned a great deal on the board and that she believed the board added value to the department. During her tenure, the board recognized a bargaining unit for civilian employees, selected the city’s first black chief and appointed a police liaison for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender crime victims, according to her letter.
Board member Pat McInerney asked Nixon in January to leave the board in April after his four-year term expires. Nixon already has named local attorney Michael C. Rader as McInerney’s successor. McInerney is co-chair of Mayor Sly James’ new commission to study who should control the Kansas City Police Department.
As it stands, the mayor and four city residents appointed by the governor oversee the department’s operations.
The departures of Pelofsky and McInerney will mean two new members joining the board about the same time. The governor typically staggers appointments so one person is appointed each year.