The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 27, 2013

Miami city officials announce death of Mayor Kent Ketcher


From staff reports

MIAMI, Okla. — Miami Mayor G. Kent Ketcher died early today, according to a statement from the city of Miami.

City spokeswoman Amanda Davis said in a telephone interview Monday that Ketcher had been taken to a local hospital over the weekend and remained there Monday in critical condition.

City Clerk Jeffrey Bishop also declared a vacancy in the office of the mayor earlier today.

Acting Mayor Rudy Schultz, first ward councilman, has called for a special meeting of the Miami City Council at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Miami Civic Center to consider a resolution calling for an election to fill the office of mayor, and to discuss related business.

City Council workshops scheduled for tonight also have been canceled.

Ketcher, who was in his mid-70s, was elected mayor in April 2011, succeeding former Mayor Brent Brassfield.

He had previously been tabbed to fill an unexpired council term from the 1st Ward in 2002. He was elected to that seat in 2004, but defeated in a bid for re-election by Schultz in 2007.

He was born in Miami and was a 1955 graduate of Miami High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and received degrees from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Pittsburg (Kan.) State University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He previously was employed with the 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court in St. Louis.

Ketcher also was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge No. 140.