Richard L. Berkley
|Richard L Berkley|
|Berkley in 2011|
|50th Mayor of Kansas City|
May 1979 – May 1991
|Preceded by||Charles Wheeler|
|Succeeded by||Emanuel Cleaver|
June 29, 1931 |
Kansas City, Missouri
|Residence||Kansas City, Missouri|
Although Kansas City mayors do not officially have political affiliations, Mayor Berkley was the first Republican mayor of the city since the 1920s. He was also the city's first Jewish mayor (although he did not publicly acknowledge this) and served longer than any other mayor in Kansas City history.
During his term he led the calls for a federal investigation into the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in 1981. More than 700 capital improvement projects occurred during his term, including a major expansion of Bartle Hall Convention Center and revitalization of the Quality Hill neighborhood.
Berkley received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1957.
|Mayors of Kansas City, Missouri