Former Chiefs star to take over as county executive first, but former Royals star likely to replace him

Things are in flux in Jackson County government, where Fred Arbanas will serve as an interim Jackson County Executive, officials announced Monday.

Arbanas, a former Kansas City Chiefs star who served as a county legislator for more than four decades, will be sworn in today.

Frank White. Courtesy Jackson County.

Frank White. Courtesy Jackson County.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, who announced last week he is leaving office, chose Arbanas as the first interim executive.

Originally, Legislator Dennis Waits was to get that job but he declined it.

Jackson County Legislators will have 30 days to appoint another interim executive who will serve for the rest of the year.

Legislator and former Royals star Frank White has announced interest in that position and seems to have strong support.

The primary election will be in August and the winner of the Democratic primary typically takes office as Jackson County executive in January.

White, however, would have to resign from his legislator position for the interim job and legislators would appoint someone to serve out three years remaining in his term.


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