Former Jackson County Executive Bill Waris dies at age 63

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Thursday, September 20 2007 Sep 20, 2007 Thursday, September 20, 2007 4:18:14 AM CDT September 20, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Former Jackson County Executive Bill Waris has died at age 63. He had triple-bypass surgery last month and recently entered the hospital with a severe lung infection. Waris was a Democrat and was county executive from 1983 to 1991. His accomplishments included long-term lease deals with the Chiefs and Royals and advancing the county's recreational opportunities. After he was county executive, he worked as a lobbyist. That career ended when he pleaded guilty in 2005 to making a false statement to FBI agents. The FBI was investigating Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields over bribery allegations. Shields has never been charged in the case. Waris received probation and a fine. Waris is survived by his wife, Patricia Waris, and four children.

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