KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Voters in Wyandotte County have elected a new mayor.
According to unofficial results, Tyrone Garner will become the new mayor of Kansas City, Kansas and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, defeating current Mayor/CEO David Alvey.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone,” Garner said to his supporters Tuesday night. “We need to make sure we work hard with our commissioners, the hard working staff of the Unified Government but more importantly making sure that we work with the community in a way unlike anyone has seen before.”
“People just wanted somebody that had a genuine connection with people that was going to fight for them every day,” Garner said. “So that’s what’s important to me. That’s what’s important to this community and I may be of African American decent and Native American but at the end of the day I’m going to always put every citizen of Wyandotte County first.”
Last month, Garner told FOX4 one of the largest issues in the community, at least when it comes to news coverage, is the state of crime in Wyandotte County and the operation of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.
Jay-Z’s Team Roc organization announced that it plans to donate $1 million to investigate allegations of police misconduct and innocence in the county.
“The vast majority, 99% of the police officers that work on the Kansas City, Kan. police department, I’ve worked with them, they are dedicated. They are committed, they are out doing the things people want them to do every day, which is to keep us safe. Build those strong partnerships and those relationships with the community. To not just solve crime, but prevent crime from even happening, and they’ve done a good job of that,” Garner said.
Across the state, Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas congratulated Garner on his victory saying “I commend him on making history as the first Black mayor of KCK and look forward to working with him as we work to build a stronger region.”
“I have appreciated David Alvey as a partner, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and wish he and his family the very best,” Lucas said.
Alvey has been mayor and CEO of the UG since defeating Mark Holland in 2017.