Katheryn Shields

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Katherine Shields
County Executive of Jackson County, Missouri
In office
Preceded by Marsha Murphy
Succeeded by Mike Sanders

Katheryn Shields (born Oct. 24, 1946) is a Kansas City, Missouri Democratic Party politician who served as Jackson County, Missouri County Executive from 1995 to 2006.

Early life[edit]

Shields was born north of the Missouri River in Kansas City, attended Park Hill High School and graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1964.

At the University of Missouri - Kansas City, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1968, a master's degree in 1971, and a law degree in 1978.[1]

After serving as an assistant Jackson County prosecutor in 1978 and 1979 she went into private practice.

Political offices[edit]

She served on the Kansas City, Missouri City Council from 1987 until 1994, when she was elected county executive.[1] While on the Council, she championed the 1% for Art Program and an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

During her watch as Jackson County Executive, the county launched a $20 million renovation of county buildings, including the Jackson County Courthouse and construction of a visitor center at Fort Osage, and negotiated an extension that will keep the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs at a renovated Truman Sports Complex through at least 2031.[1] She instituted "green" policies that earned the county over two dozen environmental awards.

Shields was the area's highest ranking Democratic elected local official, and a prominent supporter of John Kerry in 2004.

As 2006 ended, Shields opted not to seek a fourth term as County Executive, but to run for Mayor of Kansas city in the February, 2007, mayoral election.

2007 court case[edit]

On January 6, 2007, the day before she was scheduled to file for Mayor, she and her husband Phil Cardarella were indicted on federal charges of wire fraud in connection with the sale of their Sunset Hills house; prosecutors said the sale was at an inflated price. According to the alleged scheme Shields and her husband would receive $707,000 if they agreed to let an appraiser appraise it at $1.2 million with the appraiser and cohorts collecting the difference (the house had been on the market for $700,000)[2] She claimed the charges were politically motivated by federal prosecutor Bradley Schlozman, who had been appointed by George W. Bush.

At trial, it came to light that neither Shields nor her husband had signed any documents that were not entirely truthful, that crucial documents had been forged, and that the FBI had instructed one appraiser to perform a false appraisal and told the loan company to approve a loan without verifying values on the false appraisal. Shields and Cardarella were found not guilty of all charges,[3] although co-defendant appraiser and co-horts were convicted.[4]


  1. ^ a b c http://www.softrakdata.com/shields/about/About-Shields.pdf[dead link]
  2. ^ January 4, 2007. "Katheryn Shields Indicted On Federal Charges - Kansas City News Story - KMBC Kansas City". Kmbc.com. Retrieved 2010-04-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ "KC Buzz Blog: Shields, Cardarella: the allegations explained". Kcbuzzblog.typepad.com. 2007-01-04. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  4. ^ Shields verdict in. "Shields verdict in | KansasCity.com Prime Buzz". Primebuzz.kcstar.com. Retrieved 2010-04-01. [dead link]
Political offices
Preceded by
Marsha Murphy
Jackson County, Missouri County Executive
Succeeded by
Mike Sanders