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Former Mayor Becomes Governing Publisher

Governing magazine has hired Dr. Mark Funkhouser, the former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, as publisher. He replaces outgoing publisher Erin Waters, who resigned in February.

Funkhouser was elected mayor in 2006 and served till 2011. Since then , he has been the director of the Governing Institute, an initiative affiliated with Governing magazine that “works with state and local leaders to improve performance and outcomes through research, support and education.”

“America’s states, cities and counties are at a pivotal moment right now,” said Funkhouser in a statement Friday. “As political stagnation has continued in Washington, states and localities are taking on new roles and new responsibilities, with fewer and fewer resources at hand. Over the past 27 years, Governing has established itself as the best resource for America’s government leaders. I’m eager to build on that legacy and help make Governing an even more vital partner for state and local public servants.”

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