We Say Goodbye to Longtime Legislator, Kansas City Chief and Friend Fred Arbanas
On Saturday, we were sad to learn of the passing of the longest serving member of the Jackson County Legislature in our history, Fred Arbanas at age 82.
Fred Arbanas was “Jackson County’s Champion” for more than 50 years. During his stellar career on the football field as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, he was part of the 1969 Super Bowl Championship team. Following his retirement after the 1970 season, the Chiefs Hall of Famer quickly began to put his winning ways to work for the citizens of Jackson County. Arbanas was elected to the Jackson County Legislature in 1973 as part of the original Jackson County Charter Government. He served his constituents with distinction for the next 41 years including four years as Legislative Chairman (1974, 1975, 1988, 1989). In 1999, recognizing his years of service and commitment to Jackson County and its Parks Department, the Longview Lake Golf Course was renamed the Fred Arbanas Golf Course in his honor.
Fred’s reputation as an office holder was sterling. He was always approachable and followed through on his commitments. Dutch Newman said “Fred Arbanas is about the people. His stellar accomplishments as a legislator, particularly with the parks, have moved Jackson County forward as a great place to live and play.” He was awarded the Senator Ronnie DePasco Public Service Award by the JCDC in 2018 as a small recognition for his lifetime of service.
He will be dearly missed by countless people that he touched from his work in both the private and public sector.
Resignation of Lee's Summit State Rep. Rick Roeber Rejected, House Will Continue Investigation
The House of Representatives on April 15 voted 153-0 to temporarily reject the resignation of a Republican state representative so that the House Ethics Committee can complete its investigation into allegations that he physically and sexually abused his now-adult children when they were young. State Rep. Rick Roeber, R-Lee’s Summit, HAD submitted a letter on April 13 saying he was resigning as of April 16.
The Ethics Committee plans to issue its report on April 19. After the report is released, the House could take further action against Roeber, including expulsion. An expulsion vote would require a two-thirds supermajority, or a minimum of 109 votes. The House has only expelled one member in state history, ousting a lawmaker in 1865 for disloyalty to the Union. As in the current case, that lawmaker attempted to resign, but the House refused to accept the resignation pending consideration of an investigative report and subsequently voted for expulsion.
The allegations against Roeber date to the 1990s and early 2000s and became public last fall when his children shared their experiences with The Kansas City Star. At the time, Roeber was running to fill the House seat previously held by his wife, Rebecca Roeber, who died in 2019 from injuries suffered in a serious car crash months earlier. Rick Roeber’s children were from a previous marriage. He was narrowly elected in November.
Roeber submitted his resignation shortly after news broke on April 13 that House leaders had contacted prosecutors and police in Jackson County expressing concerns about Roeber’s continued contacts with a minor child. In his resignation letter sent to all House members, Roeber said he only intended to serve one session and is moving out of state with his fiancé to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
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