Mark Taylor
The Olathe City Council appointed James Terrones to the council’s vacant Ward 3 seat on May 15.
The Ward 3 seat has been open since February when the council voted to appoint Ward 3 Councilman Ronald Ryckman to fulfill the remaining term of At-Large Councilman Bob Montgomery.
Montgomery told the council in January he intended step down to focus more of his attention on his other elected duty, in the state legislature.
Terrones serves as deputy director for the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.
He has also served on the National Association of Hispanics in Criminal Justice and on the board of directors for the Governor’s Task Force on Racial Profiling as well as the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission.
“Giving back to the community isn’t about me,” Terrones said. “It’s a responsibility every citizen has.
“We’ve been blessed to live in a great community that’s clearly headed in the right direction, and I’m excited to help play a role in what is an incredibly promising future.”
Terrones is the second person to be appointed to the seat in as many weeks.
Jon Campbell was appointed May 8 to fulfill the Ward 3 vacancy, but later withdrew his application.
Campbell, who was to take his seat on the council May 15, said he was no longer interested in the position because of family and work commitments.
Campbell, who serves as chairman of the planning commission, said he will complete the remainder of his term on that board and continue working as an advocate for persons with diabetes and breast cancer.